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Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County

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4A Community Relations Comm. 7A Women’s Cultural Alliance 8A Jewish Family Services 10A Community Focus 16A Tributes 22A Synagogues 24A Organizations 30A Community Calendar 1B The High Holidays 8B Israel & the Jewish World 12B Commentary

6A AJC & CRC Summer Lecture Series

September 2011/5772 Y Vol. 21 #1

5772 The Jewish Federation extends its warmest wishes for the New Year. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the spiritual calendar and the birth of the world. It reminds us to look within ourselves – and to remember the blessing that comes from helping those in need. At a time when too many are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, it is up to us to do what we can to help those less fortunate, wherever they are. On behalf of the Officers, Board of Trustees and Staff, may the New Year bring you and those you love all the blessings of health, happiness and prosperity in a world of Peace.

8A JFS receives generous donation from JCMI

14A Recent event photos from area synagogues

Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year

6B Community New Years greetings

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See Section B for High Holidays Features Israel & the Jewish World Commentary ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:


Federation Star September 2011

Save the Date

August 28: Family in Captivity, Gilad Shalit documentary, pages 2A, 12A September 7: Jewish Business Connection, page 6A September 10: Special event honoring Seyla Cohen, Temple Shalom, page 13A September 12: Jewish Caregivers Support Group, page 10A September 16: Kabbal-Tot Shabbat, Temple Shalom, page 13A September 18: Open House at JCMI, page 13A September 18: Stand With Israel, First Presbyterian Church, pages 3A, 12A September 19: “A Firsthand Look at Florida’s Anti-Israel Community,” Beth Tikvah, page 12A September 22: Club Fed, True Grit, Jewish Federation, page 20A September 24: Film presentation, Race to Nowhere, Temple Shalom, page 13A September 26: Book Discussion Group, Beth Tikvah, page 23A 

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INDEX Columns Rosalee Bogo...........................3A David Willens...........................3A Jewish Federation....................1-9A Community Relations Comm....4A Jewish Family Services.............8A Women’s Cultural Alliance.......7A Features Book Review...........................20A Calendar, Candle Lighting......30A Commentary.....................12-15B Community Focus.............10-17A The High Holidays................1-7B Israel & the Jewish World....8-11B Jewish Interest...................18-21A Tributes............................16-17A

Organizations Hadassah................................25A Holocaust Museum.................11A Humanistic Jewish Havurah.....26A Jewish War Veterans................25A Jewish Women International....27A Nat’l Cncl of Jewish Women....27A ORT America...........................26A Synagogue News Beth Tikvah.............................23A Chabad..................................22A Jewish Cong. of Marco Island..22A Naples Jewish Congregation....24A Temple Shalom........................23A Business Directory................28-29A Community Directory...............31A


Our biggest issue ever By Ted Epstein, Federation Star Editor


t 48 pages, this issue of the Federation Star is our biggest ever. We’ve increased the page count so we could include numerous items of interest to the general Jewish population of the area in addition to the regular features of the newspaper. I enjoyed compiling and reading the information in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as well. Here’s a summary of “the extras” you’ll find in this issue: ¡¡ Even though it’s only August when you receive this issue – months away from the busy Southwest Florida season – there are some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, including a documentary film about Gilad Shalit (see display below), two Stand With Israel events, and a Jewish Business Connection networking meeting, to name just a few. ¡¡ This month we introduce a special High Holidays features section (pages 1-7B), including the traditional two-page spread of New Years greetings from members of the local Jewish community. We plan on having special sections for Chanukah and Passover as well. ¡¡ Israel-related items (pages 8-11B), including feature articles about how Google is helping Yad Vashem, and a game-changer in

breast detection. It’s Israeli innovation at its best. ¡¡ Commentary from five local rabbis as well as from Alan Dershowitz and Dr. Mitchell Bard (pages 12-15B) ¡¡ General Jewish interest items (pages 18-21A) ¡¡ We introduce the Federation’s new Campaign Chair, Phyllis Seaman (page 5A) ¡¡ And there are articles about kosher food availability in Southwest Florida, Hillel at FGCU, as well as three Dry Bones cartoons. We thank the advertisers for helping fund this expanded issue of the Federation Star. Please support them and let them know you saw their ad in this newspaper. Lastly, I’d like to remind you that this is a Jewish community publication. It’s YOUR newspaper. We welcome your feedback. Have a personal story or opinion you’d like to share? Is there someone or something in the community we should be aware of? What do you like or dislike about the Federation Star? We’d like to know. Please send your items and comments to And thank you for your continued readership. L’Shanah Tovah! Or, a gut-yor, as they say in Yiddish (see the article on page 4B for traditional holiday greetings).

On August 28, Gilad Shalit will spend his sixth birthday as a captive of Hamas terrorists who kidnapped him in a crossborder raid near Gaza in June 2006.

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Temple Shalom and Beth Tikvah, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Collier County, present the acclaimed documentary

Family in Captivity Sunday, August 28 • 7 pm at Temple Shalom 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples This 59-minute film chronicles Gilad’s kidnapping and the efforts of his loved ones to bring him home.

This is a FREE event. Advance registration is required.

Call the Temple Shalom office at 455-3030 to register.

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Gen X – Gen Y – Gen Z – Next Gen The Jewish future is up to you David Willens


JFCC Executive Director

f you fall into one of these generational categories, please read this. And if you don’t, read it anyway, because I believe that the older generations will appreciate my message this month. Our Jewish community is not unlike any other Jewish community when it comes to getting the next generation involved in Jewish communal activities and Jewish life. This is one of the biggest challenges for Jews and Jewish communities everywhere. Who will carry the torch forward to the next generation? Who will help perpetuate our precious Jewish heritage?

Those who have helped to build our synagogues and organizations have done so by making solicitation calls, raising funds dollar by dollar, and building our institutions brick by brick. Unfortunately, for many, they have passed on what they have built to the next generation on the proverbial silver platter. And the next generation hasn’t a clue about what it took to have what they now enjoy – a Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services, beautiful synagogues and organizations that help others who need our help. Now more than


ever, it is incumbent upon our leaders and donors to ensure our future by engaging the younger people in the community. Our community has matured to the age and size where we must engage the upcoming generations in our communal work. I have included the inset “Being Jewish is a Trust” in every Jewish New Year issue of the Federation Star because its message is universal for the holidays and for all Jews (see below). It has also been pointed out to me that being Jewish is a gift, and I

eing Jewish is a trust. We are entrusted to safeguard the precious heritage received from our predecessors, which must be handed down intact to our children and heirs. All sorts of forces would take this heritage away from us. And if we let them, or walk away on our own, we betray that trust. But if we preserve and protect what we have been given, we can leave this world with a sense of personal and historical integrity. This is no small matter when, as we come closer to the end than to the beginning of our lives, we begin to reflect on the meaning and purpose of our existence.

believe that, too. Sometimes it’s difficult to be Jewish when we are confronted by all those forces which oppose us. No one ever said that it would be easy to be the “chosen people.” It is a gift to be Jewish, and it also takes your gift to this effort to continue our endeavors. At the New Year, I especially ask the younger people in our community to get involved. When it all comes down to it – the Jewish future is up to you. Participate in some of the many activities that our overall Jewish community has to offer. And while you’re at it, make a gift to the Jewish Federation annual campaign that unites our heritage and our hopes. It’s a good start for being involved and it will give you a good feeling at the New Year. From our house to yours, Shereen and I wish you all a very healthy, prosperous and happy 5772.

A new year – exciting events and changes ahead Rosalee Bogo President


y September article is always the most favorite for me to write. I’ve had a couple of months off and now it’s time for me to  start thinking of the upcoming year. The events and programs for  next year  were decided before I left Naples for the summer, and the different committees and the Federation staff  have worked through the summer getting ready for them. When I think  of what we have planned, I get excited and want to share it with you. An exciting season of events Our kickoff for the new year will be January 8 at our “Federation at the Phil”  evening event featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman conducting and playing. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception. Information for this event can be found on page 5A of this issue. On January 23 we are planning a very special evening for our Major Donors and Lions of Judah, which will be held in a private home. The Community  Celebration fundraising event on February 11 at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort will be entirely different from any community event we have ever had. Believe me, it will be a  “mind blowing”  experience. Planned for February 21,  the Evy Lipp People of the Book Cultural Event will host Ted Koppel, a  guest  speaker who  we believe will surpass any other that we have brought to this community. The Women’s Cultural Alliance

(WCA) and the Community Relations Committee also have incredible programs planned. This is just a taste of what will happen in 2012. Information on all of these events will be on our website, eNewsletter, in the Federation Star, in Connections magazine and in special mailings. Be on the lookout! Our new Board I’m also excited about the Board that I will be working with this year. In my five years of leading this organization, I have worked with many dedicated people who want to move this Federation forward and strengthen our Jewish community. This year the new board members are Alvin Becker, Jerry Bogo, Beth Grossman, Dr. Ronald Roth, Sandra Roth, Millie Sernovitz  and Beth Wolff. They join our experienced board members and I am expecting this to be the best year yet. New office space? As many of you have seen, we have outgrown our office space and we  are looking for new space. Our Jewish Family Services continues to provide much needed social services to our community and they really must have more space for staff, a food pantry and meeting rooms for their therapy groups. WCA has so many programs that are taking place in other venues and we would really like them to meet at the Federation office. Many Jewish groups in the community use our space and we welcome them. We definitely are the Jewish Community Center for our community. New Campaign Chair The Federation has much to accomplish this year. Fundraising is what makes that happen and this year we have a Campaign Chair. Phyllis Seaman has stepped forward and has set a goal of one million dollars that we want to raise. If you are a part of this community even for a few months

during the year, please help us reach our goal. Each of you benefits from what we bring to you, but we need you to help make that happen. Thank you, Phyllis, for seeing the need and volunteering for this job. Many of you have made your gift

to the 2011 Annual Campaign and we thank you, too. If you have not made your gift, please know that we need and appreciate your support. From my family to yours, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. L’Shana Tova Tikatevu.

Stand With Israel Israel is under pressure again. Join us in an ecumenical, non-political effort to show support for our Mid East brothers.

2 events are planned:

Sunday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. The First Presbyterian Church

9751 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs

Great program with music and keynote speaker

Chaim Shacham

Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico For security purposes, no bags or large purses will be permitted.

Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Vigils in Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers

It is important that we have a large Jewish presence at these events to join with our many non-Jewish brothers who are strongly supporting Israel. We need you to be there!

For detailed information, visit or email


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Community Relations Committee update Ann Jacobson Community Relations Committee Chair CRC invites you to become involved Please consider getting involved and joining one of the following committees: ¡¡ Catholic/Jewish Dialogue ¡¡ Israel Affairs ¡¡ Special CRC events Contact Ann Jacobson for further information at or 239.262.4880. Sponsors needed for outstanding CRC/FGCU events The Community Relations Committee and Florida Gulf Coast University are planning to bring French priest, Father Patrick Desbois, to be the keynote speaker at the annual interfaith clergy seminar at the University and at a community lecture in Naples next March. Father Desbois has singlehandedly located thousands of mass graves of Holocaust victims in the Ukraine through interviewing witnesses. These atrocities were committed by Nazis during the Holocaust from 1941 to 1944. He finds it important that these atrocities need to be revealed because there are still people who deny the Holocaust ever happened. For more information,

contact Ann Jacobson at annrj5@aol. com or 239.262.4880. Educator award announcement The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation will again offer the Stand Up For Justice Award in 2012. This award recognizes Collier County teachers, guidance counselors, school librarians and media specialists who demonstrate outstanding, unique and replicable education initiatives that counter bigotry and bullying in schools. These innovative and easily replicable initiatives should yield evidence of positive results in student behavior and in the school climate. For additional information and details, please contact CRC Educator Awards Coordinator, Beth Povlow at or 239.393.6306. Catholic/Jewish Dialogue programs for 2011-2012 Kristallnacht Convocation The guest speaker for the Kristallnacht Memorial Convocation will be Rev. Dennis D. McManus, Moderator of Jewish Affairs for the United States Conference of Bishops and Theologian to Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York. This event is co-sponsored by the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue of Collier County, the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida, and Temple Shalom of Naples. It will be held at Temple Shalom on Sunday,

November 6 at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Attend a Jewish Sabbath Service and a Catholic Mass Experience a Jewish Sabbath Service, Friday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m. at Naples Jewish Congregation, located at the Unitarian Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. Experience a Catholic Mass on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Take this opportunity to come and learn more about your own faith as well as your neighbor’s. The more we learn about each other the more we understand one another. Catholic Jewish Dialogue Series The first of the Catholic Jewish Dialogue Series is scheduled for Sunday January 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. The topic is “Living with Two Faiths: When Jews and Christians Marry.” The February dialogue session will be about conversion and how we differ. More details will follow. Readers and Thinkers Group of the Catholic/Jewish Dialogue The Readers and Thinkers Group will hold an introductory meeting on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.

at the Jewish Federation of Collier County, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201. Handouts and schedules will be distributed, and books for future discussion sessions will be available for purchase at low cost. The program also includes film showings. Participation in this group is free and open to the public, but reservations are needed. For reservations, contact co-chairs Peter McCabe at pmccabe@ or Ida Margolis at 239.963.9347 or 609.204.0031. Israel Affairs Forum Series Part I: Israel Today - The U.S./Israel Strategic & Economic Alliance Michael Singh will be the guest speaker on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Beth Tikvah, 1459 Pine Ridge Road. Singh is the Managing Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Part II: Israel Today -The U.S. and Israel – The View from Washington Dr. Ralph Nurnberger will be the guest speaker on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at FGCU Student Union. Dr. Nurnberger is Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University as well as Partner – Nurnberger & Associates, Washington, D.C., a government relations firm.

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JEWISH FEDERATION 5A Federation Star September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star Jewish Federation of Collier County

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201 Naples, Florida 34109-0613 Phone: (239) 263-4205 Fax: (239) 263-3813 Email: Officers

President: Rosalee Bogo Vice President: Dr. Karen Ezrine Vice President: Dr. Morton Friedman Vice President: Phyllis Seaman Recording Secretary: Kevin Aizenshtat Treasurer: Kenneth Shevin Assistant Treasurer: Jerry Bogo Immed. Past President: Bobbie Katz

Board of Trustees Alvin Becker Stephen Coleman Ted Epstein Eric Feinstein Beth Grossman Neil Heuer Linda Hyde Nancy Kahn Wallie Lenchner Susan Millstone Dr. Ronald Roth Sandra Roth Millie Sernovitz Michael Sobol Berton Thompson Dr. Joel Waltzer Beth Wolff

Past Presidents

Gerald Flagel, Dr. William Ettinger, Ann Jacobson, Sheldon Starman

Board Members Emeritus Ann Jacobson Hans Levy Shirley Levy

Synagogue Representatives Cantor Donna Azu Stuart Kaye Rabbi Edward Maline Rabbi Adam Miller Rabbi James Perman Dr. Donald Pomerantz Bernie Seidman Dr. Arthur Seigel Donald Shapiro Rabbi Sylvin Wolf Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

Executive Director David Willens


Melissa Keel, Community Prog. Coord. Iris Doenias, Office Assistant Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, JFS Executive Dir. Carrie Neville, JFS Intake Coord. Margaret Passeri, Counselor Leslie Weinreb, Case Manager

Federation is the central Jewish community-building organization for Collier County, providing a social service network that helps Jewish people in Collier County, in Israel and around the world. As the central fundraising organization for Jewish communal life in our area, strength is drawn from organized committees of dedicated volunteers. Programs include: • Annual Campaign & Endowment fund • Community Relations Committee • Educational & cultural programs • Publication of the Federation Star, our monthly newspaper • Jewish Family Services, the social service arm of the Federation providing financial assistance, information/referral, outreach to the elderly & volunteer opportunities • Long Range Planning for expected community growth • Women’s Division • YAD – Young Adult Division • Youth Activities Committee – sponsoring youth education and scholarships for Jewish Summer Camp and the Israel Experience.


Let me introduce myself By Phyllis Seaman, Federation VP & Campaign Chair


o those who do not know me and those who already do, let me reintroduce myself in my new role and commitment as Campaign Chair of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. My husband, Michael, and I moved to Naples over 19 years ago. We immediately became involved with the Jewish Federation and Temple Shalom at that time. I have been on the Board of the Federation for 17 years and have served on many committees, and on the Executive Board for 15 years in different executive positions. My commitment to our Jewish community and Israel runs very deep, thus my new role and challenge as the Chair of the Federation’s Annual Campaign.

I am committed to the goal of raising one million dollars this year and...I need your help. It shouldn’t be that hard since the last few years we have been raising approximately $850,000 each year. Please consider how blessed so many of us are to be living well in this beautiful environment. But we should not lose sight of the fact that there are families in need in our own backyards. With the New Year approaching, I hope you will consider your commitment to the Jewish Federation. In the next few issues I will be filling you in on what Federation actually does – with a “Do you know?” column. It will include some ways you may want to personally get more involved in what we’re doing.

For many of you with children or grandchildren going off to college, do you know that the Jewish Federation generously supports Hillel: The Foundation Jewish Campus Life – at Florida Gulf Coast University, throughout Florida and nationally? From the very beginning, our Federation supported and continues to support the Birthright Israel program. Do you know that Birthright has sent nearly 275,000 young Jewish adults on a fully subsidized peer trip to Israel to build new young leadership, with several participants from our community? “Our” community both here and abroad needs you…now more than ever! Wishing all of you a L’Shanah Tova. May you have a sweet and blessed New Year.

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AJC and Community Relations Committee wrap up successful Summer Lecture Series


JC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida wrapped up its second annual Summer Lecture Series on July 21 with an Afternoon Tea at the Jewish Federation of Collier County, in partnership with its Community Relations Committee. July’s event, which drew over 60 people, featured Juan Dircie, Associate Director of AJC’s Latino and Latin-American Institute in Miami, who discussed New Players, New Powers: The Rise of Hispanics in the U.S. and its Effect on the Jewish Community.

Guest speaker Juan Dircie

Todah Rabah… Thank You

At the same venue in June, Ari Gordon, AJC’s Special Advisor for Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, spoke on Uneasy Allies: Building Christian and Muslim Partnerships in an Age of Fundamentalism. Last summer’s guest speakers were Lisa Palmieri-Billig, AJC’s Liaison to the Vatican, and David Bernstein, AJC’s expert on energy issues. Juan Dircie pointed out in the beginning of his presentation that there are currently 50 million people of Hispanic origin living in the United States. Because of their growing numbers and influence, it is imperative that the Jewish and Hispanic communities form partnerships to achieve common political goals. Latin Americans, according to Mr. Dircie, welcome assistance from the Jewish community, a group which has suffered discrimination and marginalization in American society, and has overcome obstacles and challenges as immigrants and become an important and powerful force in the fabric of American society. Ari Gordon spoke about the emerging fundamentalist climate in the United States and around the

world, and how the Jewish community can form partnerships with Muslims and Christians through diplomacy and education, thereby enhancing understanding and support of Israel and of human rights locally, nationally, and globally. The West Coast Florida Region of AJC seeks to further AJC’s mission of promoting democracy, ending bigotry against all minority groups, and nurturing understanding among people of different cultures and faiths by introducing the community to knowl-

edgeable experts in programs such as the Summer Lecture Series. Many attendees to the summer events have recently become AJC members to help support the important work of AJC on a local, national and global scale. AJC is the nation’s oldest human rights organization, and is dedicated to defending the rights of all people, Jews and non-Jews, all over the world. For more information about AJC, please visit, or call Regional Director Brian Lipton at 941.365.4955.

Melissa Keel, Federation Community Program Coordinator; Brian Lipton, Regional Director AJC West Coast Florida; Susan Jacobson, President AJC West Coast Florida; Juan Dircie, Associate Director AJC Latino and Latin-American Institute in Miami; Ann Jacobson, Community Relations Committee Chair; David Willens, Executive Director Jewish Federation of Collier County

The Jewish Federation of Collier County expresses its appreciation of Fuller Funeral Home for providing the community with a wallet-size Jewish Holiday Calendar for the coming year.



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7A Federation Star September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star JEWISH FEDERATION WOMEN’S CULTURAL ALLIANCE

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WCA has everything you’ve always wanted to do By Irene Pomerantz, WCA Program Chair


ave you always wanted to learn to speak Spanish, visit the studios of artists working in Naples, and discuss articles in the popular New Yorker magazine with other interested women? Now is your chance to take part in some of our popular ongoing programs of varied book clubs, film clubs, art study and dining groups. Because WCA President Jane Hersch has the sharpest ears in Naples, our schedule has greatly expanded to include more than 250 programs! Jane can hear a member suggest an activity from across a room, at which point she recognizes the possibilities and a new program comes to life. As a result of her astute ears, this season WCA is offering many tantalizingly NEW ways to stimulate your interest: create your own artistic masterpiece at the Bonita Art League, renew your interest in knitting, and fill your ears with the glorious works of Donizetti and Puccini as you learn of the poisons and passions in opera. There will also be a new nonfiction book club that will include Torey Hayden’s The Day the World

Came to Town and Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. A new couples group has arranged to meet at various restaurants and country clubs enjoying Sunday brunches, dinners and even some dancing and live entertainment. What a way for our women to form new couple friendships! WCA also has a group for single, widowed and divorced women – The Singles Connection. And how about our very popular Serious Foodies group? Imagine going to cooking classes, learning about the proper tools for food prep, exploring food authors, wine, champagne and chocolate tastings, and ethnic cuisines! Do day trips appeal to you? Have you seen the new Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and eaten in the historic Renaissance Vinoy Hotel overlooking the waterfront in St. Petersburg? Have you toured the Morikami Museum with its authentic tea house and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach? You can sign up for these two fabulous trips – the Dali on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 and the Morikami on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

Women’s Cultural Alliance Membership Form Please check one: r New r Renewal

Membership chair: Lea Bendes, 596-1532,

Please make your check payable to: Jewish Federation of Collier County and mail with this form to: WCA Jewish Federation of Collier County 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste. 2201 Naples, FL 34109

If theatre is your special interest, then join WCA at the Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of Handle with Care, on Sunday, November 13. WCA has reserved a block of tickets to see this production by Odell Williams of Ayelet, an Israeli girl dragged by her grandmother on a road trip to America. And if you have always wanted to create your own jewelry, then in December and January you will have two opportunities to join a Beading Class and leave with a necklace that you have fashioned. In the past, our ladies have always responded overwhelmingly to speakers. This year there are 15 scheduled speakers on topics ranging from politics to jewelry making, from aging and Medicare to opera and Broadway musicals. If there is an interest, we will fill it. The specific topics and speakers will be announced in our eNewsletters two weeks before the event. Ladies can notify the liaison at that time. Space will be limited. So when you see the announcement, respond quickly. WCA, with 650 members, has

Save the Date: WCA Welcome Back Luncheon 11/11/11 Grey Oaks Country Club become the premier women’s group in Naples, offering both cultural and social activities. You can play bridge and Mah Jongg or discuss Shakespeare’s Richard III and then go to Ladies Who Lunch. You can discuss Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra one week and Gogol’s The Nose another. You can enjoy a foreign film one week and a current film along with lunch another week. You can take a bus trip to the Dali Museum and then discuss a contemporary issue. Is there something else you would like to do? Just mention it to Jane Hersch.

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Federation Star September 2011 jewiSh FAMILY SERVICES


From seniors to families with children – JFS is here Dr. Jaclynn Faffer


JFS Executive Director

an it really be September? School has begun and we are getting ready to celebrate the High Holidays. Was it really only a year ago that I wrote my first article as Executive Director of Jewish Family Services for the Federation Star? Jewish Family Services (JFS) has had a busy summer. We had our first ever luncheon for seniors, where 16 of our local friends joined us for the JFS “Just Lunch” program. Of course, it was more than just lunch. There was good food and plenty of schmoozing.

There were tuna and egg salad sandwiches, and music and lots of laughter. Jewish Family Services hopes to make “Just Lunch” a monthly event. What else has been happening? Jewish Family Services has been busy getting ready for the launch of The PJ Library program. The PJ Library is a national book program that we are thrilled to implement right here in Collier County. It is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through the generosity of local Jewish Family Services donors and partnerships with our local congregations. What does The PJ Library do? It mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Today, more than 70,000 families in more than 135 communities in Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Jewish Family Services Executive Director, joined the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) for its Shabbat service. Stephen Goldenberg presented a check in the amount of $1,220. $848 was raised from the July 1 Shabbat Dinner and the balance from the JCMI Tzedakah Box. All the money will be used by JFS to feed the needy in our community.

the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through the art and literature of these free children’s books. Families raising Jewish children from age 6 months through 8 years will be eligible to participate in the program. Our official “launch” will be happening very soon. Jewish Family Services is so excited, and so proud, to be bringing this opportunity to our community. Watch your mailboxes for our first “official” PJ Library communication. And so, whether it is for seniors or families with young children, or those in between,

Jewish Family Services is here to help those in our community enjoy a better quality of life. Thank you all for being so supportive. From all of us at Jewish Family Services, our best wishes for a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year. L’Shanah Tovah.

JFS staff members Carrie Neville (serving) and Margaret Passeri (assisting Delmar Levy) at the luncheon for seniors

Nelia Bershadski, Bettina Meghnagi and Sara Levine at the luncheon for seniors

Need Help? We’re just a phone call away. Jewish Family Services Intake & Resource Connection offers experienced professionals who: XX Listen to your concerns XX Identify resources that can help XX Discuss a plan to meet your needs From financial assistance to emotional support and counseling, we can help.

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JFS Mission Statement

The Mission of Jewish Family Services (JFS), a Division of the Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCC), is to provide for the social service needs of the Jewish community, in keeping with our Jewish tradition, which teaches the infinite value of every individual. Our commitment is to strengthen and preserve the well-being of individuals and families without regard to age, income or lifestyle.

JEWISH FEDERATION 9A Federation Star September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star


The graduate – a very true story By Hava Levene


ll of you know that I have been involved for many years with Neve Michael, a residential home in Israel for children-atrisk. Throughout this time, I have had so many fantastic experiences. Here is one story I have to share with you. I am blessed to be able to work in a place that I love. Going to Neve Michael daily and seeing the boys and girls run around and smile and function, makes my day. I wind up driving people crazy about this haven for kids, which is why when friends of ours invited us out for dinner 15 years ago, they made one stipulation: no stories about my work. Both couples were also involved with the children at Neve Michael. They are doctors with big hearts and a lot of respect for the staff at Neve Michael. To this day, we turn to them for professional advice and assessments. But they obviously needed a break from me. We went to a fancy restaurant in Netanya with homemade food and an owner, who over time, became a friend. There was a lovely couple sitting nearby with some family members. Someone ordered an unbelievable dessert and I asked them which one they chose on the menu. We began to talk in English. The young man told me that he and his wife live in the Midwest and they are visiting

family. He even gave me his business card. He wanted to know where I live and I said, “A small town that you have probably never heard of.” He insisted on knowing, so I said “Pardes Chana.” His face dropped and he looked pale. He said, “I know Pardes Chana. I grew up there with my siblings. We lived at a children’s home called Neve Michael.” You can imagine how I reacted! He then said, “When you go to work tomorrow, please tell Maggie and Ahuva that Gidon misses them so much.” My dinner partners could not believe that, once again, Neve Michael became the topic of the evening. The next day I couldn’t wait to go to work. I had the tact not to ask Gidon why he and three little ones had to be at Neve Michael. Maggie and Ahuva gave me the answer. One Sunday evening while the family was watching The Brady Bunch, the father murdered the mother. He choked her to death. The children were witnesses. Their middle-class world crashed. But the story doesn’t end here. I recently came back from a five-day trip to Toronto, where I was asked to speak about children-at-risk. My hosts also invited a graduate to share his story. Before the evening began, I looked across the room and went over to him. “Did you ever eat at a really good restaurant in Netanya about 15

Therapy/Support Group A therapy/support group has formed at Jewish Family Services. This group provides an opportunity to work on personal issues and concerns with the input and support of others. It is facilitated by professional staff, and is confidential and ongoing. If you would like to discuss how a therapy group differs from individual therapy, please call Margaret Passeri at (239) 325-4444. The charge for this service is $5.00 per session. This is a committed group that meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Family Services offices.

JOIN THE ISRAEL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE The goal of the Israel Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Collier County is to present Israel in a positive manner. We’re doing this by hosting seminars and symposiums as well as addressing issues through editorials and commentaries in the local press. We address both the non-Jewish and Jewish citizens of our community. We continue to expand and enhance our activities which include: ÎÎ planning forums and programs for fall and spring 2011-2012 ÎÎ establishing campus programs at local colleges and universities ÎÎ presenting educational materials for middle and high schools ÎÎ creating a speakers bureau ÎÎ interfacing with our local media 

For more information on how to get involved, please contact: Richard Nemerson, Chair, Israel Affairs Committee (239) 455-0238 / or Melissa Keel, Community Program Coordinator (239) 263-4205 /

years ago?” He looked at me and said, “Are you that dessert lady?” IT WAS GIDON! Gidon spoke so beautifully and emotionally about the tragedy that changed a normative family overnight. His main message was this. As he gets older, he understands more and more how Neve Michael changed his life. He would not have been alive today, would not have succeeded or married, without the endless abundance of love and attention that was given to him. His father was diagnosed with schizophrenia and died many years ago in a mental hospital. But his father, at the very end, brought him luck. During the shiva mourning

period, a distant relative came to pay condolences. Her daughter drove this cousin to see the family. When this young girl walked in, Gidon said to his brother, “If she is available, she is going to be my wife.” And that is exactly what happened. For many years, the Jewish Federation of Collier County has supported Neve Michael, a residential home for abused and neglected children in Israel. We see these children as the most vulnerable of populations in Israel and the Jewish world. Our children are our future and we are committed to their safety, protection and return to a thriving and productive Israeli society.

Donations of Household Goods/Furniture/Clothing at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Helps Jewish Family Services Clients If you are moving, remodeling or cleaning out your home, please consider donating unwanted household goods, appliances, furniture, and clothing in good condition to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store. Free pick-up is available by appointment by calling 239.775.2907 in Naples or 239.992.1899 in Bonita Springs. Please write “On Behalf of Jewish Family Services” on the form for the description of the item(s) you are donating. If you do so, our clients are able to receive vouchers toward clothing and/or furniture at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. Thank you.

HEY KIDS! What are your plans for the summer of 2012? Would you like to go to a Jewish Summer Camp or visit Israel? The Jewish Federation of Collier County, Temple Shalom Sisterhood and Temple Shalom Men’s Club, together offer PARTIAL scholarships for Jewish Summer Camps and the Israel Experience for teens. There are scholarship opportunities for all Jewish children in the community regardless of congregation affiliation. For information and a scholarship application, contact your local synagogue or call the Jewish Federation at (239) 263-4205.

Scholarship request deadline is December 1, 2011.


10A Federation Star September 2011

Jewish Caregivers Support Group By Phyllis Lazear


hen some of my friends and I watched illness attack our spouses, we found ourselves becoming isolated by the job of caregiving. Unable to continue our social life, we craved the closeness we once had with family and friends. Where could we find companionship where it was safe to discuss our distress and find the encouragement we needed to continue this lonely task? It was then that we joined the newly formed Jewish Caregivers Support Group. Here we found a group of compassionate caregivers who shared so much with us. Some of us had to make life-changing decisions and it felt so good to talk things through in this safe and friendly environment. We also needed practical help, such as where to get respite care or how to

ease travel with a handicapped patient. All this we could do because we knew that confidentiality was paramount to our group. We have been fortunate to have a highly respected psychotherapist, Florette Kahn, who leads our group. Florette holds an MSW degree and practiced in New Jersey and New York (LCSW). She has helped us accept our reactions to the increasing stress of being a caregiver – the need to supervise an illness, the increased household duties and the uncomfortable and unwanted feelings, such as anger, frustration and sadness that are the normal human reactions to undesired change. We are in our fourth year now and some of us are grieving the loss of a partner. Although loved ones

have not survived, our community of caregivers is still there for us. We appreciate the support of group members who have helped us “bridge” the realignment of our lives, going from caregivers to survivors. Now we can offer our experience to others at our twice monthly meetings. We extend our helping hands to men and women who are caring for loved ones suffering from many different diseases. Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 10:30 a.m. Temple Shalom has kindly offered the use of its Chapel. This is a free service open to the entire Jewish community. For more information, please call Phyllis Lazear at 239.352.2907.

Our Jewish community continues to grow. To help everyone keep in touch with one another, your Jewish Federation of Collier County will be publishing the 2012 Community Directory. Free copies will be made available to all. But first...

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We’re gathering information now so we can distribute the new Directory in December 2011. ÎÎ If your information has NOT changed from what appears in the current edition, you do not have to do anything. We will print the same information in the next edition. ÎÎ If your information has changed, or if you are not listed in the current edition, complete and return this form by mail or by fax. All requested information is optional. ÎÎ If we do not hear from you by October 31, we will assume we have your permission to publish your name(s) and contact information as we currently have them in our files.

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Constructing the narrative of a life

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida announces its new Board of Directors:

By Amy Snyder, Education Director


s you may remember from my June article, we planned to spend a week with local teachers looking at primary sources and constructing the narrative of a life. Well, what an interesting time we had! About a year and a half ago, the Holocaust Museum received a donation of the collected family documents of Stanley and Sally Factor. This amazing collection of over 100 pieces includes birth and marriage certificates, identity papers, travel papers, photographs, naturalization certificates and personal correspondence encompassing over 50 years and five countries. With this small group of dedicated teachers, we spent one week trying to research the individual items in the collection,

place them in context, and create the timeline of Stanley and Sally’s family and life. Here are some of the things we learned: XX Stanislaus Faktor emigrated from Romania to Germany in 1923 and lived in the Jewish section of Berlin nicknamed “the Switzerland of Berlin.” XX Stanislaus married Sala Sokal in Bodenback, in the Sudetenland in 1926. XX In 1936, Stanley and Sally immigrated to the United States under the sponsorship of relatives Samuel and Hermine Bernfeld. XX They moved to Naples from Miami around 1968; Sally passed away in 1981 and Stanley in 1998.

Generations of the Shoah of Southwest Florida By Sandy Levine and Ida Margolis


he local children of survivors group has been officially renamed “Generations of the Shoah of SW Florida” (Gen/Shoah, SWFL). At a meeting last spring it was decided that our members may include not only children of Holocaust survivors (2gs) , but also any others interested in preserving memories of the Holocaust and promoting Holocaust education. Based on this discussion, the mission for our group was clarified as: Education, connection of members of the Second Generation to one another, and support of the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida. This season, meetings will be held on the third Sunday each month (whenever possible,) beginning October 16. The meetings will be held at 4:15 p.m. at the Holocaust Museum. There will also be special 2gs-only meetings that will be announced. Gen/Shoah, SWFL hopes to sponsor a number of activities that will be

open to all members of the Museum, as well as some events open to the community. Some of our activities may be in partnership with other groups that support our mission. There will be special guests at some meetings, and information about future projects will be announced. Also, 2gs in this group have been invited to participate in the Kristallnacht Convocation scheduled for Sunday, November 6 at Temple Shalom. If you are a child of survivors, please try to attend the first meeting on October 16, regardless of whether you have attended meetings in the past. Also anyone with an interest in this group is welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. If you can attend the meeting or the Kristallnacht Convocation, email Ida Margolis at mrsmarg@comcast. net to let her know you’re coming. If you have any questions, email Ida or Sandy Levine at sandylevine@

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We plan to follow two paths with this information: (1) to create a small exhibit to display here at the Holocaust Museum based on the documents in this collection, and (2) create a small traveling exhibit for use in classrooms, using primary documents to study such topics as immigration, family separation during World War II, and the modes of personal communication. As we continue our research to reconstruct the lives of this couple and their relatives as they relate to the events of WWII and the Holocaust, we welcome any information from those in Collier and Lee counties who may have known Sally and Stanley. If you can assist in this endeavor, please contact me at amy@holocaust

Joshua M. Bialek, President Fred Hirschovits, Immediate Past President Herb Berkeley, Vice President Jack Nortman, Vice President Richard Yovanovich, Vice President Ronald E. Kaplan, Secretary & Treasurer Janet G.Cohen Charles J. Dauray Homer Helter Ann R. Jacobson Merrill Kuller Arnold S. Lerner Lois W. Lipnik Lorie Mayer, Curator

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL Dear Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL Supporters: We would like to inform you of the recent change in our website. The new address is Please note that staff email addresses have also changed to the following: Katrina Aurelio - Membership Director - Joan Hogan - Museum Operations Admin.- Jay Kaye - Development Director - Amy Snyder - Education Director - We hope to see you soon at the museum!

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Documentary film will mark Stand With Israel: Gilad Shalit’s 25th birthday Two special events


n Sunday, August 28, Gilad Shalit will turn twenty-five. It is the sixth birthday he will spend without his family and friends; the sixth birthday he will spend as a captive of Hamas terrorists who kidnapped him in a cross-border raid near Gaza in June 2006. Two Naples synagogues, Temple Shalom and Beth Tikvah, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Collier County, invite the Jewish community and friends of Israel to mark Gilad Shalit’s twenty-fifth birthday with a unique and important program. On August 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Shalom (4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples), the acclaimed documentary Family in Captivity will be shown. Produced with the full cooperation

and participation of the Shalit family, this 59-minute film intimately chronicles the human angle of Gilad’s kidnapping and the efforts and ordeal of his loved ones as they struggle to bring Gilad home. Jewish communities throughout the world have shown this film over the summer, and our community is proud to join in these efforts to raise awareness about Gilad Shalit. Please join fellow Jews, friends of Israel, and local dignitaries for this special presentation and opportunity to show our support of Israel and Gilad Shalit. Advance registration is required for this free event. Please call the Temple Shalom office at 239.455.3030 to register.

Kudos to John R. Little, M.D. Florida Governor Rick Scott recently appointed Dr. John Little as a Trustee of FGCU. Dr. Little served as President of Temple Shalom of Naples from 2004-2006. He is Chair of the Moorings Park Institute and a Director on the FGCU Foundation Board. He is happily married to his wife, Veora, and is the proud father of six children.

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By Samuel Friedland


n the face of overwhelming pressure on the international community to provide Palestinian demands with legitimacy through the United Nations in September, the communities of Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers have organized events to “Stand With Israel.” These events are totally non-political and intended only to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Israel as they try to offset these potentially historic setbacks. There are two events planned. The first will be on Sunday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 9751 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. This will be an exciting ecumenical program with music. The keynote speaker is Chaim

Shacham, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico. (For security purposes, no bags or large purses will be permitted.) The second event will be candlelight vigils with a long line of people carrying candles. Hopefully, there will be separate lineups in Naples, Bonita and Fort Myers. In Naples, for instance, we expect a line along US41 from Pine Ridge to Vanderbilt. It is important that we, as Jews, as individuals, as groups and as representatives of various Jewish organizations, show strong support and be a significant part of this vital effort. For information, please check out the Stand With Israel website at www. or email

A firsthand look at Florida’s anti-Israel community


he community is invited to hear Mr. Joseph Sabag, Attorney at Law and Florida Regional Director of the ZOA (Zionist Organization of America), who will be speaking about “Too Close for Comfort: A Firsthand Look at Florida’s Anti-Israel Community.” The event takes place on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 1459 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. The anti-Israel community in Florida is becoming more effective and coordinated than ever before. Expanding its recruitment of young leadership is among their top priorities. Anti-Israel student groups in Florida are receiving significant resources and organizational direction

from the broader anti-Israel community, and if nothing is done to counter their development we will be facing a significantly greater problem in just a few short years. After extensive research and monitoring, ZOA is presenting a specific assessment of the situation in Florida, offering details that other organizations are unwilling to discuss publicly. Too Close for Comfort provides firsthand information about Florida’s anti-Israel community, its leadership, strategies, goals and recent activities. ZOA wants to help the community go beyond just talking about the existence of the problem, and appreciate the full extent of the problem.

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Community happenings Hillel at FGCU at Temple Shalom


emple Shalom Preschool specializes in Early Childhood Jewish education for 2- to5- year-olds. Our outstanding staff is dedicated to nurturing and encouraging our children to grow and learn academically, socially and spiritually. Your child will participate in ageappropriate classes including music, art, movement, storytelling, computers and Foreign Languages in addition to regular class activities, while developing both motor skills and their imaginations on our new playground and amazing bicycle track! Our extraordinary Early Childhood Storyland Reading Room includes a complete library of children’s books, a stage for dramatic play, a puppet theatre, dress-up clothes, and felt board stories galore stimulating language development and critical reading skills. In addition to our regularly scheduled preschool program, we offer: ¡¡ Li’l Cubs class with ongoing enrollment for children as they turn 2. ¡¡ Mommy and Me classes for children birth to twenty-six months old. Each session is 45 minutes and a parent or caregiver stays with the child for the class. Classes are taught by our own Jane Galler. Miss Jane is magical in providing an initial school experience, including music and crafts, for our youngest children. Registration is ongoing. For more information, please call the preschool office at 239.455.3227. *** On Saturday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m., Temple Shalom Sisterhood is presenting a special event honoring Seyla Cohen, the temple’s Preschool Director. Join us for a special tribute honoring Seyla’s twenty years with Temple Shalom. This sparkling event features cocktails, dinner and dancing. For information, call Jacqui Aizenshtat at 239.777.2889.

*** Join us as we introduce our youngest members to the joys of Shabbat, complete with music, dancing, challah and grape juice. Celebrate Kabbal-Tot Shabbat on Friday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. We welcome families with children 5 and under for this festive service. No reservations are required. For information, please contact the temple office at 239.455.3030. *** On Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m., Temple Shalom invites you to attend a screening of the movie Race to Nowhere. The film presents a challenge to current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. The New York Times called Race to Nowhere “A must-see film,” and the Jewish Weekly said this film is “A call to mobilize families, educators, and policymakers to help disprove the notion that the educational system is ‘one-size-fits-all.’” This award-winning film and discussion will be followed at 9:00 p.m. by our S’lichot service and a reception. You are invited to attend all or part of this wonderful evening. Reservations are not required. For additional information, please contact Temple Shalom at 239.455.3030. *** SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, November 13, the entire Jewish community is invited to celebrate everyone’s return to Naples with a Welcome Back Community Dance. This is a great way to see your friends who have been away and see some new faces as well. Let’s kick off the season together! The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m., featuring the band Night Train. Their music is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor! Let’s join together for friends, fun, light refreshments and dancing. Tickets are $18. Watch this space for more information!

Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Open House


he Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) warmly invites you to our Open House on Sunday, September 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to meet and chat with Rabbi Edward Maline, D.D., Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen, and other members who are involved in the leadership of our temple. JCMI plays a central role for every generation of our Jewish community. From our Friday night Shabbat services, festival and holiday services, to adult education, the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, and the

Jewish Film Festival, JCMI is at the center of Jewish life on Marco Island and the surrounding area. JCMI is here to carry on the traditions that prior Jewish generations fought and died to preserve for us. The Open House is free and reservations are requested. Refreshments will be served. JCMI is located at 991 Winterberry Drive. For further information, please contact the JCMI office at 239.642.0800 or Harvey Brenner at 239.304.0737.

The history of FGCU Hillel FGCU Hillel is an exciting program at Florida Gulf Coast University. This Hillel, formerly known as the Jewish Student Organization, formed in 2005 and has been growing ever since. FGCU Hillel caters to everyone! Jewish, non-Jewish, not sure – everybody is welcome. We have students representing all “flavors” of Judaism. FGCU Hillel has hosted a variety of events at FGCU, including Shabbat programs and a Purim Masquerade Ball. The most popular holiday celebration has been our Passover seders, in which large numbers of non-Jewish students have attended as well as the community, Jewish professors and staff. Our non-religious events have included Jews on Ice, Jew-day-a, Jew-pardy, and a Hillel Game Night. This group offers peer support, community engagement, networking and multicultural experiences that everyone can take advantage of and grow from. The future of FGCU Hillel FGCU Hillel has many exciting things planned for the coming semesters. With the growing Jewish population at FGCU comes many more opportuni-

ties and awesome events! We want the Jewish community to come together, not just on our campus, but all around Southwest Florida. Therefore, the community is invited to every event we host on campus. These are just a few of our events in the planning stages (refreshments and/or dinner immediately following each of these events): Shabbat services: ¡¡ Friday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. ¡¡ Friday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. ¡¡ Friday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. (locations TBA) Rosh Hashanah event: ¡¡ Wednesday, September 28 (time and location TBA) Holocaust concert: ¡¡ Tuesday, November 8 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Student Union Ballroom The Hillel Board looks forward to seeing many community members at our events and encourage all to attend. Hillel is more than just an organization; it’s a community. If you would like to contact FGCU Hillel for further information, please send e-mails to swflhillel@



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Kosher food alert

Submitted by Lynda Stewart, Academic Dean Maimonides Hebrew Day School for Beverly Leah Mitchell


eptember is a time to reflect on the previous year and to improve for the coming year... and to plan traditional menus. Rosh Hashana literally means “head of the year.” It is customary on Rosh Hashana to eat foods symbolizing sweetness, blessings and abundance – challah and apples dipped in honey, pomegranates, carrots and the head of a fish. It is exciting to know that we do not have to travel far to have what we need for the holidays. We have gathered information to assist you in finding kosher foods and items locally. Supplies of some items may be limited, so please don’t wait until the last minute. Plan ahead and order or purchase now to secure what you need for your holiday celebrations and traditions. Here’s a rundown of local shopping venues: The Publix at Marketplace in Pelican Bay, Naples plans to welcome the New Year and honor the Jewish community with a special display of kosher and holiday items at the store entrance and additional items in the major departments. Steve Micheli, Publix Manager, continues to fulfill

the needs of his Jewish consumers. We appreciate his efforts to have Publix expand its offerings throughout the year for kosher foods and additional items for special events and holidays. Fresh and frozen kosher meats and poultry, as well as oven-ready meals and a selection of cheeses are available. In addition to the weekly onepound round or twisted challahs from New York, the bakery is helping you celebrate the New Year with honey, marble and seven-layer cakes, and assortments of rugelach and sprinkle cookies. A variety of kosher wines are also available. You can call and place orders for Shabbos, a special event or holiday. Specify your KOSHER needs. In the bakery department, contact Joel or Susanna. In the meat department, managers Raul or Jose can make arrangements to have a whole line of FRESH made-to-order kosher foods with a two-week notice. Special order foods arrive on Wednesdays. To have items for Rosh Hashana, orders must be placed by September 12 to arrive on Sept 21. The Publix at Marketplace can be reached directly at

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239.596.0403 or 239.596.1982. Ada’s Whole Foods Market & Health Store, in the Burlington Coat Factory shopping center, on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers, has greatly expanded the selection of kosher foods to include FRESH Glatt Kosher chicken – whole or breasts or legs. Manager Brad Engle can be contacted at 239.939.9600. Ada’s extends wishes for a healthy New Year to the Jewish community and makes every effort to fill special dietary needs and requests. There are designated shelves in all departments with yellow labels to make the kosher foods and health supplements from Blue Bonnet and Solgar easy to find and identify. Whole Foods in Naples is also carrying a selection fresh and Glatt Kosher meat and chicken. Bed Bath & Beyond is carrying O/U Hagerty polish and holiday items to make your holiday table shine with tradition. Don’t forget to go online and get your 20% discount coupon. Please extend your appreciation to the above stores’ management for their efforts to help the Jewish community observe kosher traditions. These stores are very willing to stock

kosher items, but all this will be shortlived if they have more that they have to discard or send to food pantries than is purchased. And don’t wait until the last minute to have what you want for the High Holidays. Plan ahead and order now. If you have any questions about what is available or to make suggestions for additional items that need to be included in the next food alerts, please contact Beverly Leah Mitchell, Coordinator for Chabad Lubavitch, at 239.939.5888. She is working with Rabbi Yitzchok and Nechamie Minkowicz in developing and researching kosher foods with our local supermarkets, health food stores and hospitals. She continues to work so that members of our Jewish community do not have to travel to the east coast to observe our kosher traditions. Her efforts on our behalf are appreciated and welcomed. May the New Year bring good health and happiness to you all.

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Holocaust survivors to get extra money for home-care services


ASHINGTON, D.C. – An international group that helps Holocaust victims recently informed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that it will provide an extra $5.5 million, or nearly $10 million total this year, to pay for home-care and other vital services for about 18,000 survivors of Nazi atrocities who live in Florida. The money for five Florida agencies amounts to more than double what was seen last year, according to Julius Berman, the chair of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Last year, the German government negotiated with the Claims Conference and reached an agreement to provide $145 million for social services in 2011 for Jewish Holocaust victims living around the world. That figure was $75 million over and above 2010 levels. So in March, Nelson wrote Berman to urge that his group spend a sizeable chunk of the extra funds in Florida, which is home to one of the largest populations of Holocaust survivors in the country. About one-fourth of the estimated 15,000 to 18,000 survivors in Florida live in poverty. Nationwide, there are approximately 115,000 living Holocaust victims. Since his letter in March, Nelson pressed the conference for a favorable decision. On July 19, he learned the

survivors in Florida are in for what Berman termed a “dramatic increase” in assistance money. “We have emphasized to the German government its obligation to care for Jewish victims of Nazism in their final years,” Berman said in a statement issued in New York.

their 80s and 90s, and if they are to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has filed a receive this measure of justice we similar measure in the House. must work quickly,” Nelson said. However, the fate of the bills is “We are in a race against time.” uncertain. Both the Bush and Obama Word of the increase in assisadministrations and a number of tance came just as Nelson was about other survivor groups have voiced to meet with a survivors group from opposition to the idea. They fear that South Florida headed by lawyer Sam giving survivors the right to sue inDubbin. The group was surers might adversely influence the This year, the five Florida in Washington, D.C. for companies’ current willingness to agencies that administer meetings with Nelson and honor unpaid claims. other lawmakers about legNelson first became engaged on home -care services for islation aimed at further behalf Holocaust victims as a memHolocaust victims will get helping Holocaust victims. ber of Florida’s state Cabinet in the Nelson is sponsoring 1990s. He oversaw insurance regula$9.7 million compared to the legislation in question tion and helped lead an international with Florida’s Republican effort that eventually brought Euro$4.2 million last year. Sen. Marco Rubio that pean insurers to the table to honor “Aging Holocaust victims deserve to would allow survivors to sue Eurounpaid Holocaust claims. In the U.S. remain in their own homes as long pean insurers if they feel they’ve not Senate, he held the first-ever hearing as possible, needing increasing assisbeen fairly compensated for unpaid on honoring unpaid Holocaust comtance to do so. These heroes of the claims. Their bill is pending before pensation claims, prior to filing his Jewish people were abandoned by the Senate Judiciary Committee. U.S. legislation. the world in their youth; we are workth ing to see that they are not abandoned as they age.” It is with pride in our heritage, and pleasure in reaching this significant mileThis year, the five Florida agenstone, that Tifereth Israel Congregation, New Bedford, Massachusetts, plans cies that administer home-care serto celebrate its 90th anniversary this November. We would like all of the Tifereth vices for Holocaust victims will get Israel family to join us. We know that, over the years, our family has scattered $9.7 million compared to $4.2 milacross the country and beyond. But, like all family reunions, this will be “the lion last year. Details of the allocamore the merrier.” If you were ever a member, or are the descendant of a tions are at All member, we’d like to invite you to join in the festivities. told, the Claims Conference has alPlease contact us, by phone, email or Facebook, to let us know how to reach you. located approximately $40 million Help us share fond memories, reminiscences, and hopes for the future. since 1995 to fund social services for Tifereth Israel Congregation, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740 Jewish victims of Nazism in Florida. 508.997.3171,, “Most of the survivors are in

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Confidentially Yours: Is his failure to plan a sign?


ear Avi and Adele: I met a guy at a party who seemed pretty into me. We went out a few times and had good time. He puts his arm around me when we go out, gives me kisses goodnight and holds my hand. In short, we enjoy each other’s company. The problem is he doesn’t really ask me out on real dates. He waits until the last minute to call and asks what I’m up to. By the time Friday comes around, I’m not sure whether to make plans with my girlfriends or wait until he calls me. Does his failure to plan mean he’s “just not that into me” or is this just “a guy thing”? – Planful

Dear Planful, You’re saying “boo hoo” about this beau, but we’re saying “boo” on your behavior, too. Here’s what’s going right: You are having a good time, feeling a chemistry and seeing some of the signs of attraction (and we hope responding to them positively). However, you’re also right to question what’s going on. Are you top in his mind or are you destined to spend 40 years wandering the desert that is the Benign Bootycall? The Benign Bootycall is what Avi and Adele call the “good enough girl,” which we’re afraid, Planful Polly, you’ve become. You’re not a 10 for him; you’re probably a 5.2 in

his book. And the reason we know this? He’s waiting until Shabbat morning or later to see if you’re up for a little Havdalah fun. If you were a 10, he’d want to occupy a lot more of your time, things would probably progress more physically, and he’d want to fill up your time so no others could. In his world, if there’s not a game on and he doesn’t have another date, then he’ll call you up because you’re “just good enough.” Don’t believe us? Then you have two options: either have a come-toMoses talk with your new flame or take the kosher bull by the horns and just make it happen. If you want to talk the talk, get ready to walk if you hear that he just isn’t that into you. If you want to change the course of your life with dallying David, then saddle up and change the dynamic: a simple “I’m mapping out my next weekend – do you want to make plans?” should suffice. If he can’t make a decision, then stick to your guns when same-day plans arise and don’t be available. You’re just as enabling to him as he is annoying to you, so fix it or forget it! Livin’ and Lovin’, Avi and Adele To submit questions to Avi and Adele, send an email to aa@letmypeople For more Jewish content, visit


New Jewish words Rosh Hashana-na-na (n.) A rock ‘n roll band from Brooklyn. Jewbilation (n.) Pride in finding out that one’s favorite celebrity is Jewish or that your offspring is marrying a Jewish person. Torahfied (n.) Inability to remember one’s lines when called to read from the Torah at one’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Matzilation (v.) Smashing a piece of matzah to bits while trying to butter it. Bubbegum (n.) Candy one’s mother gives to her grandchildren that she never gave to her own children. Chutzpapa (n.) A father who wakes his wife at 4:00 a.m. so she can change the baby’s diaper. Deja Nu ( n.) Having the feeling you’ve seen the same exasperated look on your mother’s face, but not knowing exactly when. Disoriyenta (n.) When Aunt Linda gets lost in a department store and strikes up a conversation with everyone she passes. Hebort (v.) To forget all the Hebrew one ever learned immediately after one’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Jewdo (n.) A traditional form of selfdefense based on talking one’s way out of a tight spot. Mamatzah Balls (n.) Matzah balls that are as good as your mother used to make. Mishpochadots (n.) The assorted lipstick and make-up stains found

on one’s face and collar after kissing all one’s aunts and cousins at a reception. Re-shtetlement (n.) Moving from Brooklyn to Boca Raton and finding all your old neighbors live in the same condo building as you. Yidentify (v.) To be able to determine Jewish origins of celebrities, even though their names might be St. John, Curtis, Davis or Taylor. Meinstein - slang. “My son, the genius!” Minyastics (n.) Going to incredible lengths and troubles to find a tenth person to complete a Minyan. Feelawful (n.) Indigestion from eating Israeli street food, especially falafel. Impasta ( n.) A Jew who starts eating leavened foods before the end of Passover. Dis-kvellified (v.) To drop out of law school, medical school or business school as seen through the eyes of parents, grandparents and Uncle Sid. In extreme cases, simply choosing to major in art history when Irv’s son, David, is majoring in biology is sufficient grounds for diskvellification. Schmuckluck (n.) Finding out one’s wife became pregnant after one had a vasectomy. Shofarsogut (n.) The relief you feel when, after many attempts, the shofar is finally blown at the end of Yom Kippur.

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Book Review Forgotten fragments transform Jewish history By Philip K. Jason, Special to the Federation Star

Cole tell key stories stretching over 100 years – from the late 19th century up until our own time – of scholar adventurers acquiring, preserving, classifying, interpreting and gleanhen I was a young graduing astounding knowledge about the ate student in English, continuity of Jewish experience. We an assigned text was The can no longer think of Jewish history Scholar Adventurers by Richard “as a straight shot from the Bible to Altick. This inspiring tome revealed the shtetl, followed by a brief stopover the romance of the research enterprise. on the Lower East Side.” Turning scholars into heroes, Prof. The authors begin with their Altick’s book was a “good read” for colorful portrait of twin widows, any educated person. Agnes Lewis and Sacred Trash has the Margaret Gibson, same allure. Without who in the early leaning on fictional 1890s made imhooks like the Indiana portant antiquarJones series, it still ian discoveries engages in much the at St. Catherine’s same way. Hoffman Monastery in SiAdina Hoffman and Peter Cole and Cole almost mannai. In 1896, the age to turn Solomon Schechter into sisters returned from a trip to Cairo an action figure. and other places during which they The Cairo Geniza, at once dump purchased a bundle of antiquarian and treasure trove, was a repository documents. They believed that their of manuscripts discarded and yet not Cambridge neighbor, the eminent destroyed – the accumulated writscholar Shneur Zalmon (Anglicized to ten detritus of centuries. Located in Solomon) Schechter, could help them an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo identify the documents. Schechter, a (Fustat), these scraps held the largely man of wide-ranging learning who unknown, untransmitted history of was now about fifty, eagerly examined Jewish civilization during the Middle their findings. He quickly “identified Ages – and even earlier. Hoffman and one vellum leaf as a rare and valuable Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole Nextbook/Schocken. 304 pp. $26.95.



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page from the Palestinian Talmud.” After seeing other remarkable items, Schechter was hooked. He would have to make his own journey to the Cairo Geniza. Having begun “in medias res,” the authors now hold Schechter’s mission in check while they provide the background of sporadic scholarly interest in this most important geniza, lesser archival dumps, and important established collections. Then they explore Schechter’s motivations and the particular areas of his scholarly interests that would drive him to make this arduous journey. The story of Solomon Schechter at the Cairo Geniza is brilliantly told, including as it does his many important discoveries and his dedication to relocating as much as possible to Cambridge University. There were many obstacles to overcome, but the mission was an enormous success. The long, patient work of cleaning, restoring, sorting, cataloging and interpreting the import of these thousands upon thousands of disintegrating documents occupied Schechter upon his return to Cambridge. And this work was ongoing even after Schechter agreed to move to New York to head the newly founded Jewish Theological Seminary. This monumental scrapheap of Hebraic literature (sacred and profane) was so large that it continued to occupy a great number of scholars over several generations. Hoffman and Cole are judicious in selecting the most interesting scholarly personalities and their most stunning discoveries and achievements. The authors’ delightfully-crafted chapters include one on palimpsests – parchments that

had been reused by obliterating older writing, restoring the surface, and writing anew. Restorations of the original writings have often revealed rare texts and remarkable information. Shelomo Dov Goitein. Certainly not a well-known name, it belongs to a man who saw promise in the least regarded categories of Geniza refuse. While others valued traces of liturgy, rabbinic law and midrash, Goitein saw in the secular, household writings labeled as rubbish the keys to the daily lives of forgotten communities. Personal and business letters, plans for a fundraising drive, court records, financial accounts – what were these but the raw materials of a civilization? Goitein’s mult-volume masterwork, A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza, is, so far, the capstone of Geniza scholarship achievement. It brings dead centuries to life, and the Hoffman-Cole duo brings Goitein’s ambitious labor to life. One cannot comment on this splendid book without noting, as the authors do at length, the role of Salman Schocken, founder of Schocken Publishing, in facilitating the work of Geniza scholars, in part through his Institute for the Study of Hebrew Poetry. How appropriate that Sacred Trash bears the Schocken imprint. This is an enormously engaging and carefully focused narrative of scholarly adventure achieving astounding results. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for the Naples edition of Florida Weekly and for Fort Myers Magazine.

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Court removes circumcision ban from ballot Plaintiffs, activists laud court decision


AN FRANCISCO, July 28, 2011 – The California Superior Court ruled today that the initiative to ban circumcision will be removed from San Francisco’s November ballot. “The evidence presented is overwhelmingly persuasive that circumcision is a widely practiced medical procedure,” wrote Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi. “The statute [California Code §460(b)] speaks directly to the issue of local regulation of medical procedures and leaves no room for localities to regulate in this area.” Judge Giorgi continued, “Because the proposed ballot initiative attempts to regulate a medical procedure, the proposed ordinance is expressly preempted. Moreover, it serves no legitimate purpose to allow a measure whose invalidity can be determined as a matter of law to remain on the ballot after such a ruling has been made.” The lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs representing community orga-

nizations, doctors and Jewish and Muslim families in San Francisco. The litigants are: The Jewish Community Relations Council, The Anti-Defamation League, Leo Fuchs, Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe and Yael Frenkel-Jaffe, Jeremy and Jennifer Benjamin, Dr. Eric Tabas, Dr. Brian McBeth, Sheila Bari, Leticia Preza, and Kashif Abdullah. They were supported in their efforts with Amicus briefs by the American Civil Liberties Union and San Francisco’s Medical Society. In addition, the San Francisco City Attorney’s office took the rare step of expressing their concerns about the constitutional legality of the issue in a separate brief. Plaintiff Brian McBeth, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF, was concerned the measure would subject him and his colleagues to a fine and jail time for performing a routine medical procedure with proven health benefits. “I am pleased with the Court’s ruling to protect the integrity of the

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doctor-patient relationship and keep law enforcement out of these private decisions.” Plaintiff’s Attorney Michael Jacobs of Morrison & Foester, LLP said, “We appreciate the Court’s careful review of the proposed initiative and its willingness to step in and put a stop to this extreme and hurtful measure.” Co-Plaintiff’s Council Nicole Aeschleman added, “This ruling is a well-reasoned and properly decided defense of the rights of doctors and parents.” Abby Michelson Porth, JCRC Associate Director, added that “while we are confident that the overwhelming majority of San Franciscans would have voted to defeat this extreme measure and are grateful for the outpouring of support from every sector of the community, we believe the right decision was made in the right venue.” The Committee for Parental Choice and Religious Freedom, which is leading the opposition to the proposed ban, has the support of hundreds of San Francisco community leaders including all the members of the Board of Supervisors, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, and State Assembly Members Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma. For more information about the coalition and the proposed ballot measure, please visit Source: Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California: “The sponsors of the ban are abusing the initiative process by asking a majority of voters to invade family privacy and restrict the religious liberty of San Francisco residents. Parents make decisions for infants all the time, and the Constitution protects our rights – not the government – to decide what’s best for our children.” Daniel Jacobs, MD, Chief, General, Vascular and Plastic Surgery, San Jose, California: “While I respect the rights of groups to examine medical practices – no matter how old – for safety and ethical standards, far too much evidence exists to leave any doubt that male circumcision performed by experienced practitioners is an acceptable if not beneficial procedure. Attempts to illegalize it merely represent the efforts of some to impose a heavy-handed moral proscription on others, including on the medical community and free individuals practicing their rights as loving parents.” Dr. Daniel Halperin, Harvard School of Public Health: “The World Health Organization, United Nations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health have all agreed that circumcision is one of the most important ways to prevent HIV infection in heterosexual men. There are also ten times fewer urinary tract infections in infant boys who have been circumcised, and studies suggest a possibility in some men between these urinary tract infections and renal failure later in life.” Reverend Amos Brown, President of the NAACP, San Francisco: “In America, under the Constitution, we are guaranteed freedom of religion. We should not waste citizens’ time and money on a measure that violates the religious choice of persons who, out of their tradition practice circumcision, and who make this choice for their children for medical and health reasons.”

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Chabad Naples Jewish Center update By Ettie Zaklos

Camp Gan Israel Our summer day camp, Camp Gan “Izzie,” was again an outstanding success with 80 children (ages 3-12) enrolled this summer. Known for its outstanding supervision, safety and organization, the camp’s packed schedule of activities and trips and our warm and loving staff all combined for a unique summer experience. We would like to thank all our supporters and the Jewish Federation of Collier County for its support of Camp Gan Israel. Preschool of the Arts Chabad Naples is proud to announce its new Preschool of the Arts, which opened its doors August 22 for preschool children ages 2 through 4. We draw our inspiration from the Reggio approach to education, creating an environment for self-initiated and self-directed learning that leads to intellectual, emotional, social and moral development. Children learn science, math, social studies, literacy, the arts, Judaic studies and moral values through an integrated approach to education. For more information or for an information packet, please contact Ettie Zaklos at 239.262.4474 or Our website is www.NaplesPreschool Hebrew School Our first day of Hebrew School will take place on Sunday morning,

September 11. Our famous Chabad of Naples Hebrew School is now in its eighth year with wonderfully dedicated teachers. You can register at or call Ettie at 239.262.4474. Chabad Naples Annual Partner Project Many people have asked us for additional ways to give back, and in response, we have officially launched the Chabad Naples Annual Partner Project, developed to help further enrich Chabad programs and allow us to continue to thrive. As we approach the Jewish New Year in our beautiful, new building, we ask that you consider partnering with us in bringing the joy of Judaism – including successful social and humanitarian programs – to many more people throughout Collier County. You can become a Partner and help the Jewish community grow and flourish. This is your opportunity to feel that you have personally made a difference in helping to make these incredible programs at Chabad of Naples a reality. Help us reach our goal of 118 new partners this year! We also have Premier Partner opportunities available. We will gratefully acknowledge all our Partners and Premier Partners for their dedication to the Naples Jewish community. For more information or to receive your partnership package,

please call us at 239.262.4474, email or visit High Holidays With the Days of Awe rapidly approaching, we invite you to join the Chabad of Naples for the High Holidays. All services will be held at our beautiful new building – the Chabad Naples Jewish Community Center, 1789 Mandarin Road, just across from the Coastland Center Mall. Simultaneous children’s programs will also be held. You can register online at or call 239.262.4474 to reserve a seat. All services (with the exception of Kol Nidre) will be followed by a special Kiddush. If you would like to sponsor a Kiddush, please contact us. Community calendar For the last eight years, it has been our pleasure to mail a Jewish calendar to the entire Jewish community of Naples and Marco Island at no charge. This year we will continue that tradition. If you do not receive a calendar and would like one, please call us and we will mail you a copy. Lunch and Learn Rebbetzin Ettie Zaklos will lead a new lunchtime program developed by the Rosh Chodesh Society, which is dedicated to inspiring and empowering Jewish women through cultural learning experiences. This year’s


President’s message Bernie Seidman JCMI President


s a teenager growing up in Chester, Pennsylvania, I was far from excited when the High Holy days began. Why? Simple. I did not like going to shul. First, my family belonged to a Conservative temple where we had two full days of prayer on Rosh Hashanah. Then there was night service for Kol Nidre. And finally, a torturous 8-hour day of praying and fasting on Yom Kippur. How much can a teenager take.

Today, with maturity that comes with age, my attitude has changed and I anticipate the High Holy Days as a necessary time for reflection, rejuvenation and appreciation. Join our congregation and calendar the forthcoming events. We will usher in the High Holy Days by celebrating Selichot on Saturday, September 24. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by our Selichot service. Our Erev Rosh Hashanah service will be on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m.. Rosh Hashanah service will be on Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. On Friday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. we will continue with our 3rd “Tashlich” ceremony – a revered custom in Jewish tradition of

program will highlight the power of the woman and the Torah’s vision for implementing that power. Starting in November, the group will meet monthly at the Chabad Naples Jewish Community Center. All women of the community, regardless of affiliation, are invited to attend. If you have any questions or you’d like to RSVP or get more involved, please call Ettie Zaklos at 239.207.7645 or e-mail Dedication of our new building Save the date of Sunday, January 15, 2012 for this special event. Since the opening of our new Chabad Naples Jewish Community Center in April, more than 1,800 individuals have come through our doors to share in Shabbat services, participate in our two Passover seders, study and attend various classes. This is a remarkable show of unity for the entire community of Naples and Collier County. We thank and congratulate our many generous supporters for helping to make this possible, and we encourage you to join us. Come visit our new campus or take a virtual tour at Chabad Naples also has an informational packet which can be mailed to you. Call Rabbi Fishel at 239.404.6993 for details or to arrange your personal tour. Many dedication opportunities remain available.

throwing breadcrumbs into a moving body of water (the Gulf of Mexico) to symbolically cast out our sins as we approach Yom Kippur. Our traditional Yom Kippur Kol Nidre dinner will be on Friday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Konrads, followed by Kol Nidre service at 8:00 p.m.. Yom Kippur morning service begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, and the afternoon service, which includes Yizkor and Ne’ilah services, begins at 3:30 p.m. Our Break the Fast dinner will take place at approximately 6:00 p.m., immediately following the concluding Yom Kippur service. If you wish to join us, please call the JCMI office at 239.642.0800. L’Shanah Tovah.

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September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star SYNAGOGUE NEWS 23A Federation Star BETH TIKVAH

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Beth Tikvah update Stuart Kaye Beth Tikvah President


ur Torah tells us that the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) is a special holiday, but that’s about all the Torah reveals. That day’s transformation into the holiday known as Rosh Hashanah is post-Biblical and probably emerged long after the Babylonian Exile. Perhaps that special day was first understood as a super-Rosh Chodesh. Some say a shofar-enhanced festival of some kind existed before there was a New Year celebration. Rabbinic tradition established the holiday as the start of a New Year and as a marker of the time of the world’s creation. I mention this evolution of a Holy Day to suggest that we always live on a point in a continuum. There are very few instances for which one can explain a practice by saying: “because

this is the way it always was.” Things change. Like our traditions, we too are capable of change. May our repentance be sincere and liberating, and may we all be inscribed in the Book of Life. Coming events Our monthly Book Discussion Group resumes on Monday, September 26 with an exploration of the highly respected Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. (See Phil Jason’s review on page 20A.) Scheduled for Monday, October 24 is Deborah E. Lipstadt’s The Eichmann Trial and for Monday, November 28 it’s Steve Stern’s outrageous novel The Frozen Rabbi, called an “epic adventure and hysterical comedy.” We have a few tickets left for our group trip to Gulfshore Playhouse on Sunday, November 20 to attend a matinee performance of Handle with Care. Contact Phil at 239.598.2880. One of the high points of our coming season is the “Broadway Inside Out” concert performed by the popular “Take Four Plus.” It’s on


Sunday, January 29. The afternoon begins with a kosher wine and cheese reception at 3:00 p.m., and the concert follows at 4:00 p.m. Prices are $20 per person, with reserved seating at $25. Checks payable to Beth Tikvah should be mailed to Edythe Winters, sponsor of the event, at 1520 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., #213, Naples, FL 34110. Call Edythe at 239.331.2845 for details. Reservations close on January 20. You won’t want to miss this lively musical event. Torah Study Class is a friendly weekly activity. It meets Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the synagogue and features a lively discussion of the Torah portion for the upcoming Shabbat. No charge. If you wish, bring a dairy lunch. We are considering a variation of this course for the coming year – turning our attention from the cycle of Torah readings to the accompanying cycle of Haftorah readings. Responses welcome. High Holy Days schedule Spiritual preparations for the Days of Awe begin with Selichot on Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 p.m. Rosh

Hashanah services will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and on the mornings of Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30 at 9:30 a.m. Yom Kippur begins at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, October 7 (Kol Nidre) and continues at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8. We have a limited number of seats for our kosher break fast. Religious services schedule Friday services begin at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday services begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with a Kiddush Luncheon. In the late fall, our Sunday morning minyan will resume. Also, we strive to convene Yahrzeit minyanim upon request. Please join us at any service. Our participatory worship services and most other events are held at 1459 Pine Ridge Road. We are located on the north side of the street, just west of Mission Square Plaza and east of the firehouse. Call 239.254-1486 or 239.434.1818, send an email to bethtikvahnaples@aol. com or check the website at www. / 239-455-3030

The development of the Cantorate – part 2 By Cantor Donna Azu, Temple Shalom


n part one of my article on the these German Reformers. Previously, development of the Cantorate, I the Cantor would lead the service using Hebrew, but now the Cantor was traced the role of the chazzan from Talmudic times through the 7th cenreplaced by a Rabbi who fulfilled the role of a minister, and a four-part choir tury. The development of the prayer book and liturgical poetry created a would sing prayers that were transdemand for a Shaliach lated into German and sounded like Protestant Tsibur (prayer leader) who could fulfill the needs hymns. This was the musical style of Ameriof most untrained lay people. Eventually, the can Protestant churches professional cantor – who and assimilated American Jews eagerly took was both appointed and paid – emerged. on this musical style of worship. The greatest changes to the Cantorate took By the 1870s most place in 1810 during the synagogue music was Cantor Donna Azu English translations of rise of the first Reform congregation in Germany. The idea Hebrew prayers that were arranged to imitate hymns. Cantors were conwas to ban anything that sounded “too Jewish” such as Torah Cantilasidered outdated and were replaced tion and Nusach (a melodic formula/ by professional musicians, choirs and organists. Though these people were mode based on region and liturgical time). Everything was read in German not Jewish, together with the Rabbi they chose the Synagogue music. instead of Hebrew, and in an effort to make the service more refined, Westarly in the 20th century, a fight ern European Jews sought to model ensued to try to reintroduce traditional Jewish music back their service after the German Protestant service. The goal was to appear into services. To follow up on this, a committee on music was formed by more proper and less chaotic. Starting in the mid 1800s a quarthe Central Conference of American ter of a million Jews immigrated to the Rabbis in1921 and a revision of the Union Hymnal began. The man who U.S., the majority coming from German-speaking countries where they took the lead of this revision was Abraham Wolf Binder. A professional had already modernized the prayer service. When they arrived in America editor, composer, author and teacher, they brought with them this new style he was responsible for reintroducing cantillation into Reform synagogues. of worship and the American Reform Synagogues became influenced by Binder also had a fixation with using


the correct Nusach at the precise time. He was also responsible for resurrecting misinai tunes and motifs as well as reinstituting the role of the Cantor in Reform synagogue practice. The newly revised 1932 hymnal contained the works of 20 Jewish composers such as Sulzer and Lewandowski, as well as other contemporary composers, many of whom were students of Binder. As musical directors of large synagogues, these composers were able to mix traditional Jewish melodies with an American style in such a way that they elevated synagogue music to a higher artistic level. Other then Binder, some other prominent composers trying to create a sound that was unquestionably Jewish but clearly American, were Max Helfman and Max Janowski. Janowski is probably best known for his Avinu Malkeinu sung during the High Holy Days; that piece of music achieved even greater notoriety when recorded by Barbara Streisand in 1972. This new type of song or American nusach also strove to recognize the Holocaust, which began to raise Jewish consciousness. Jewish leaders cared very deeply about musical participation, which they associated with congregants at home with their Jewish identity. Jews were under siege in Europe and Jews here in North America were anxious to borrow from no “folk” style other than their own. As a result, Reform synagogues developed programming to help

congregants rediscover their Jewish identities by connecting family rituals with traditional music. In part three of the development of the Cantorate, I will continue to trace the musical journey of Cantors from the middle of the 20th century through the present day. Temple Shalom is pleased to advise that tickets are available for the High Holy Days. Tickets that include all High Holy Day services are available at the cost of $225 per person, and the cost can be applied to membership, provided you join the Temple by October 31, 2011. For additional information regarding services, tickets or membership, please contact Temple Shalom at 239.455.3030.

HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE OF SERVICES EVE OF ROSH HASHANAH Wednesday, September 28 - 7:30 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH DAY I Thursday, September 29 Morning Service - 10:00 a.m. Family Service -2:00 p.m. Tashlich Service (Lowdermilk Park) - 4:00 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH DAY II Friday, September 30 Morning Service - 10:00 a.m. EREV YOM KIPPUR Friday, October 7 Kol Nidre Service - 7:30 p.m. YOM KIPPUR Saturday, October 8 Morning Service - 10:00 a.m. Family Service - 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Service - 3:00 p.m. Yizkor/Neilah - 5:00 p.m.

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President’s message By Don Pomerantz, President


abbi Sylvin Wolf and the Board of Directors of Naples Jewish Congregation have been meeting regularly during the spring and summer months to plan for the coming year and to assure all congregants that we are striving to offer services and programs that fulfill their spiritual and social needs. The well received Torah service which was initiated last year will once again take place on the first Friday of the month, beginning on Friday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. As with all Shabbat services, Rabbi Wolf’s thoughtful guidance is complemented by Cantorial Soloist Jane Galler, Musical Director Alla Gorelik and the NJC choir,

whose beautiful music enhances our worship. In addition to the wide variety of activities which have been available in previous years, we are initiating a comprehensive adult enrichment program for 2011-2012. With the planning of the Ritual Committee and the leadership of Rabbi Wolf, NJC will offer a 12-session twicemonthly program beginning in November 2011 and continuing through April 2011 entitled “Biblical Texts That We Don’t Get To On Shabbat.” Rabbi Wolf will lead informative, interesting and insightful discussions beginning with the Five Scrolls (The Megliot): (1) Ecclesiastes (2) Esther (3) Song of Songs (4) Ruth and (5) Lamentations. If time permits, other

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topics will be discussed. Sessions will be held at the Jewish Federation offices on the second and fourth Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. If there is sufficient interest, Rabbi Wolf would offer a 16-week Hebrew program for beginners and refreshers at a nominal fee. If you are interested in learning more about these exciting programs, send an email to sylvinwolf@comcast. net or As we prepare for the High Holy Days, NJC looks forward to welcoming both members and nonmembers to our congregation. We strive to provide a gratifying religious experience in a warm and accepting environment.

Schedule of High Holy Day services • Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.: Erev Rosh Hashanah service • Thursday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.: Rosh Hashanah service • Friday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.: Kol Nidre service • Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m.: Yom Kippur service • 3:00 p.m.: Torah Service • 4:00 p.m.: Yizkor Service. • Ne’ilah concluding service • Break The Fast For further information, please call 239.593.5120. Naples Jewish Congregation wishes everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year. With renewed cooperation and involvement, our congregation will endeavor to be a meaningful part of your lives. / 440-221-6446

Naples Jewish Social Club update By Illeen Mittleman, President Annual Break-the-Fast Sondra Greer is forging ahead with plans for our annual Break-the-Fast for Saturday, October 8. The location is the Community Room of the Jewish Federation of Collier County. For the first time, this will be a lovely catered affair with traditional dairy foods. Space will be limited to the first 50 people. Cost of the event is $20 per person for members and $25 for nonmembers. Please send your reservation check to Sondra Greer at 935 Tropical Bay Ct., Naples, FL 34120. For questions, call Sondra at 239.353.4468 or Gayle Schwartz at 239.405.7492. The deadline for receipt of checks is September 21. Late arriving reservations will be kept on a waiting list to accommodate any cancellations. The Break-the-Fast will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Doors will not open any earlier in observance of Yom Kippur. Watch your next

NJSC flyer for further details. Annual Chanukah Gala Save the date for our annual Chanukah gala scheduled for Saturday evening, December 17. Plans will be announced as they become available. Summer Chooze and Schmooze Luncheon Our luncheon at Latitude restaurant was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was great time to catch up on our friends’ summers and enjoy fine food. Special thanks to Pauline Taxman and Sondra Greer for planning this event. New ideas Share your ideas and help plan new events. The Board of Directors is pressing forward planning new events similar to the enjoyable activities that resulted in past seasons such as Ice Cream Socials, Kentucky Derby Party, Big M Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, Chanukah Parties, festive

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Jewish Heritage Video Collection

The Jewish Heritage Video Collection (JHVC) is now housed and maintained at the Federation’s offices. The JHVC video library contains nearly 200 films and television programs carefully chosen to stimulate learning, thinking and discussion about Jewish history and culture. The Collection also provides courses that address vital issues of Jewish history, identity and culture. These courses will be available to schools, organizations and congregations in the area. For a list of available titles organized by category (Children, Comedy, Holocaust, International Jewry, Israel, Jewish Experience in America, Religion and Identity), visit For more information, call us at 239.263.4205.

Annual Dinner Dances, and the Miniature Golf Outing to name a few. The Naples Jewish Social Club is a friendly group from southern Lee, Collier and Marco representing the entire Jewish spectrum. We encourage members to jump on board and let your ideas take shape. Bridge and Mahjongg In addition to our regular monthly events, we offer bridge and Mahjongg. Our special interest groups of bridge and maj remain an active, social part of our group. Our terrific bridge games, which include social and duplicate are played respectively on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the Sterling Oaks Clubhouse in Naples. Games begin at 6:00 p.m. Coffee and cookies are served. Cost is $8 per couple. Reservations are a must by the preceding Thursday. Contact Tilda Ellis at 239.949.9913. Our Mahjongg game is a spirited

one played weekly at Long Shore Lake Clubhouse in Naples every Thursday. Lunch is available at the Clubhouse followed by a fast-paced game for experienced players. Be there for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and continue with play ending at 4:00 p.m. Contact Pauline Taxman at 239.592.7760 or Sondra Greer at 239.353.4468. We are always open to suggestions for special interest groups as we do in bridge and mahjongg. For Sunshine matters, please call Judy Lansat for updates on members’ health and life events at 239.352.0287. For Membership matters, call Sondra Greer at 239.353.4468. For any general questions or suggestions,  call Sheila Marks at 239.514.8289. To contact the Naples Jewish Social Club, call Illeen Mittleman, President, at 440.221.6468, or email her at

ORGANIZATIONS 25A Federation Star September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star HADASSAH

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Hadassah update President


ark your calendars! Collier County Chapter of Hadassah leaders have been planning a wonderful Hadassah season for you. I’m going to share some of the highlights with you here. Get ready for a year of celebration as Hadassah celebrates its 100th Anniversary! We will be talking about how Hadassah has grown and contributed to the world over the last 100 years. Save the date of Sunday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Shalom for our annual fundraiser. “A Simcha in Song” will feature Cantors and Cantorial soloists from near and far who will perform songs from Israel to Broadway, Ladino to Yiddish and more. General admission will be $50 and attendees at the $100 level and above will enjoy preferential seating and a dessert reception. This fabulous night is open to the entire community. Invite your friends, relatives and neighbors for a night to remember. For more information or if you would like to work on the event, please contact Lauren Becker at 239.592.5304 or laurb786@yahoo. com, or Lynn Weiner at 239.598.1009 or On Tuesday, October 25 we will have our Opening Meeting and Luncheon at Wyndemere Country Club. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Marian Dolan, the founding Artistic


Jewish War Veterans update

By Gil Block, Commander Post # 202


ur first meeting of the new year will be on Sunday, October 16. We will continue to meet at the Federation Office. Brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting commences at 10:00 a.m. Our goal this year will be for each active member to bring in at least one new member. This can


happen if you will just invite a Vet to our meetings. By the way, I had an interesting phone call from a friend of ours who had received an inquiry about our Post from her nephew in Afghanistan, who had received one of our packages of food.

How do I get items into the Federation Star? Email your articles and photos to What are the Federation Star deadlines? Items are due the 1st of each month. If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day. Where can I get a copy of the Federation Star? If you’re not on our mailing list, send an email to federationstar@ with your name and address. Copies are also available at several local synagogues and the Federation office. How do I place an ad in the Federation Star? Send an email to or call Jacqui at (239) 777-2889. For a media kit, visit the Federation Star page at

having a special Life Membership and Associates promotion until December 2011. You, your family members and friends can become Life Members or Associates for the low price of $100 in honor of Hadassah’s 100th anniversary! Please contact Shelley Skelton at 239.676.3052 or, or Carol Weisberg at 239.254.8282 or, and they will be happy to enroll you.

If you were a member of the Lee County Chaverot, which is no longer operating, we welcome you to join our Chapter. Contact Shelley or Carol to transfer your membership. If you have any other questions or would like to get involved with Hadassah, please contact Lynn Weiner at 239.598.1009 or lynninaples@

SAVE THE DATE September 10-11: Hadassah Florida Central Region Meeting October 25: Hadassah Opening Luncheon October 30: Evening Group Welcome Back Pot Luck November 13: Associates Welcome Back Brunch December 1: Knowledge & Nosh @ Noon December 4: Hadassah New, Prospective, Transfer Member Brunch December 14: Women’s Organizations Chanukah Celebration December 18: Major Gifts and Keepers of the Gate Event December 25: Knowledge & Nosh @ Night January 15: Associates Evening Event January 21: Countdown to the Centennial and Dedication Event in Boca Raton January 25: Mahj and Card Party February 12: Annual Fundraiser – Hadassah Centennial 100th Anniversary Concert February 29: Membership Luncheon March 11: Hadassah New, Prospective, Transfer Member Brunch March 29: Installation Luncheon April 1: Evening Group Progressive Dinner April 20-22: Florida Central Region Conference April 22: Associates End-of-Season Brunch

Jewish Caregivers Support Group The Jewish Caregivers Support Group is a cohesive, understanding and caring group of women and men who are caring for loved ones suffering from many different diseases.

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Director of The Choir Project, who will present a program titled “Voices of Hope.” Our Evening Activity Group will have its annual Welcome Back Potluck Dinner at the home of one of our members. This activity is open to women and men. Join us for a casual and relaxing evening. Contact Lauren Becker for details. The Associates, the men who support Hadassah, will have their opening event on Sunday, November 13. It will be a joint event with Israel Bonds, who are providing a very interesting speaker, Eliezer “Lazie” Rivlin, Israel Media Advisor and Information Specialist. For more information, contact Jack Wiadro at 239.269.6200 or jwiadro@comcast. net. National. Hadassah has just elected Marcie Natan as the new National Hadassah President. Natan was the previous Chair of Hadassah College Jerusalem and has been active in Hadassah for many years. She is part of a Hadassah four-generation Life Member and founder family. We welcome Marcie! Young Judaea, Hadassah’s Youth Movement, will soon be an independent agency and Hadassah will still provide support for its wonderful programs. Steven J. Goldberg, one of Hadassah’s top professionals, will be the Interim Executive Director as it becomes independent. Young Judaea provides youth activities such as Year Course in Israel, Camp programs, Israel Summer programs, Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, Amirim and WUJS Israel. Don’t forget that Hadassah is

Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 10:30 a.m. Temple Shalom has kindly given the group the use of its Chapel. This is a free service to the entire Jewish community. Caregiving can be a job without clearly defined goals. This can lead to physical exhaustion, frustration, guilt and depression. At group meetings, participants can safely and privately talk about these concerns as well as share tips about community resources, major life decisions, and dealing with daily problems. Discussions include strategies to help participants cope with stress and enhance their ability to stay in control of their shrinking world. Florette Kahn, LCSW, is the group leader. She is a licensed retired psychotherapist who is also a caregiver for her husband Jack, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. Phyllis Lazear helps organize the group. She can be reached at 352-2907.

Next meetings: September 12 & 26


26A Federation Star September 2011 HUMANISTIC JEWISH HAVURAH / 239-495-8197

Humanistic Jews and the High Holidays Paula Creed President


his year the Humanistic Jewish Havurah will hold Yom Kippur services. They will be conducted by Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, a member of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis and the Society for Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Falick was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989 and has been affiliated with Hillel on several university campuses. Currently Rabbi Falick serves as Assistant Executive Director of the Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami, and as ritual advisor to Beth Adam, the congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Boca Raton. We are privileged to have this warm, articulate and talented rabbi lead the first Humanistic Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur ever to be held in

Southwest Florida. Services will be at Unity Naples, 2000 Unity Way (off Davis Boulevard, east of County Barn Road), a fantastic setting where we will experience the spirit of the holiday amid beauty and serenity. Music will be provided by Lidia Doroshina, an accomplished local pianist. The holiday will commence with Kol Nidre service at 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 7. On Saturday, October 8, the morning service begins at 10:00 a.m. The concluding Memorial service, Niskor (“we will remember”), starts at 4:00 p.m., followed immediately by “break the fast.” The charge for all services and meal is $100 per person. For those unable to attend “break the fast,” the cost is $75. Make reservations by mailing a check payable to “HJH” to Cynthia Cook, 25051 Banbridge, #202, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. Be sure to include your phone number with the payment. Visit www.humanisticjewishhavurah for more information. The High Holidays open our Jewish year. Humanistic Jews see

Rosh Hashana as a time for renewal, reflection and new beginnings independent of supernatural authority. Our focus is on the affirmation of human power and human dignity. Rosh Hashana is a time to consider the possibilities for change, improvement and happiness that we can create for ourselves as human beings. As the first day of the Jewish year, Rosh Hashana marks a turning point, a separation between what was and what will be. The creative liturgies used by Humanistic Jewish communities on Rosh Hashana echo these themes. On the Jewish calendar there is no holiday as revered and elevated as Yom Kippur. Millions of Jews throughout the world will attend synagogue services where the ancient liturgy calls upon them to confess their shortcomings before God and pray for forgiveness. For secular Humanistic Jews, the day is also special. But when we gather for this holiday we do not turn to God for forgiveness. Instead we turn to ourselves and others to reflect


upon our actions in the passing year and the one that lies ahead. Though more traditional forms of Judaism also encourage this kind of reflection, for secular Humanistic Jews it is the essence of the day. Humanists are convinced that human beings have to rely on themselves for creating change in our society. Adapting the form of our meditations to the content of this message, Humanistic Jews make Yom Kippur a celebration of inner strength and a time of self-forgiveness. Many Humanistic Jewish communities hold a memorial service on Yom Kippur called Nizkor (“we will remember”). This service reinforces the belief that it is through their actions that our loved ones will be remembered and our heritage will be preserved. In a meaningful way, Humanistic Judaism provides an opportunity for Jews who value their Jewish identity, while striving to maintain their personal integrity, a viable alternative to conventional Judaism. / 239-649-4000

Star-studded attractions offer Gulf Beaches ORT members and friends terrific programs for 2011-12 By Helene D. Fuchs


hat do the Bible, chocolate and Louis Armstrong have in common? Answer: They are some of the diverse and fascinating topics on the ORT schedule this coming season. Gulf Beaches ORT board members, including Arlene Oppenheim and Sandy Weseley, have been working hard this summer to track and sign up a crackerjack group of speakers, experts and entertainers for your enlightenment and amusement.

Here is the season schedule: November 16, 11:00 a.m.: Welcomeback brunch featuring local author Lee Levin, whose expertise includes the Bible. He will talk about cracking the Bible “codes,” writings that some people think predict – and have predicted – the future, including 9/11. Join us with your “amazement genes” at the ready. Place: The Jewish Federation of Collier County office at Vanderbilt and Airport-Pulling Roads. Cost: $25.

These girls are from Kiryat Yam at the multi-million-dollar Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Education, Cultural and Sports Campus in Kiryat Yam, Israel. This major undertaking by ORT America’s Kadima Mada program is part of the organization’s goal of revolutionizing education in Israel.

December: One of the delightful students enrolled in the Bramson ORT College in New York will speak about the school’s “training-for-life” program that teaches young people and adults skills that prepare them for jobs so they can earn a living and ultimately give back to their communities. Come and immerse yourself in chocolate! It’s at Dottie Magen’s lovely, art-filled Pelican Marsh home. Exact date to be announced later. January 19, 2012: Join us to honor the indomitable Dottie Magen, one of Gulf Beaches ORT’s founders. In addition to her work in spreading the word about ORT’s commitment to “educating individuals, impacting communities, improving the world,” Dottie is a respected art historian, museum docent and art collector. Bill Meeks, of Harmon Meeks Gallery in Naples, will speak at this event to be held at the Naples Sailing Club. Time to be announced later. February 23, 2012, 6:00 p.m.: Annual benefit dinner at Quail Creek Country Club featuring the dynamic musical duo Billy Dean and Dawn, who will entertain us with music from contemporary pop to opera and everything in between. She sings, he accompanies her on various instruments, and everyone has a good time. This event usually supports a specific ORT school or project. Details to be announced later, but save the date!

March 15, 2012, 1:30 p.m.: Graphologist Alan Levine of Sanibel will talk about his favorite jazz musician, Louis Armstrong, by analyzing the great trumpeter’s handwriting. Dessert and coffee will top off this fascinating and informative program. Place: Jewish Federation of Collier County Office at Vanderbilt and Airport-Pulling Roads. About ORT ORT was founded on the principle that the benefits of an education last a lifetime – and ensure a better future. Since 1880, ORT initiatives have proactively responded to the prevailing economic and social conditions in places where Jews live. ORT considers the struggle for economic survival and Jewish continuity vital to its mission. The education and skills ORT students receive enable them to become self-sufficient, to contribute to their communities, and to connect to the richness of their Jewish traditions. Today, ORT’s global network of schools, colleges and training programs educates 270,000 students in 56 countries annually. To learn all about it, and to make a secure online donation, visit To join Gulf Beaches ORT, send a $36 check (one year’s membership) to Midge Rauch, co-president, 151 Prospect Avenue, Apt. 9F, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

ORGANIZATIONS 27A Federation Star September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN


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National Council of Jewish Women update By Linda Wainick, co-President


he Officers and Board of the Naples/Marco section of NCJW wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. Please join us at our first meeting of the season on Tuesday, October 18 at the Vineyards. Our guest speaker is Ingrit Ruiz, legal advocate for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. NCJW in Israel NCJW recently announced that its president, Linda Slucker, and its CEO, Nancy K. Kaufman, have been appointed to the board of governors of Tel Aviv University (TAU). NCJW has a strong bond with TAU. The university’s Women and Gender Studies Program, established

with a grant of $1 million from NCJW, broke new ground in Israel’s history of higher education and has been acclaimed as life-changing for its students. The first bachelor degreegranting program of its kind in the Middle East, the program uses an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research through incorporating over one hundred courses from the faculties of law, humanities, art and the social sciences. The program stresses critical analysis of the role of women and other minorities in institutions of all kinds – public and private – and granted its first degrees in the summer of 2004. Hundreds of students from a variety of backgrounds have enrolled in the program to date.


Tel Aviv University is the largest university in Israel and the biggest Jewish university in the world. Founded in 1956, it has become a major center of teaching and research, expanding to offer an extensive range of programs in the arts and sciences taught by its faculties of engineering, exact sciences, life sciences, medicine, humanities, law, social sciences, arts and management. The campus has grown to 170 acres and includes dormitories as well as classrooms and laboratories. NCJW also recently announced that artist and feminist organizer Shula Keshet will be the 2011 recipient of its Jewel Bellush Israeli Feminist Award.

Since 2006, Keshet has served as the director of Achoti for Women in Israel, a leading feminist organization that promotes the cultural, social and economic voice of women from disempowered communities in Israel. NCJW funded Achoti in 2005 as part of its Israel Granting Program. Keshet succeeded in establishing creative collaborations between the business sector and women from different disempowered sectors of Israeli society: Ethiopian and Russian women, Arab women, Mizrahi women, Bedouin women, and Israeli-Palestinian women. Her work led to a coalition of 16 organizations seeking to ensure fair employment for women in Israel. / 239-498-2778

JWI addresses Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee on critical issues Millie Sernovitz


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ewish Women International (JWI) Board of Trustees Chair Susan W. Turnbull spoke in July about the impact of budget cuts on women and families, women’s access to reproductive health care, and violence against women, addressing the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee in a special meeting to discuss issues critical to the American Jewish community. JWI was one of four organizations selected to address the group, which was attended by approximately 15 Jewish organizations. “For over 100 years, JWI has brought together strong, independent women seeking to improve their communities,” said Turnbull. “We are the leading Jewish organization working to end gender-based violence and empower women and girls through innovative programming, advocacy and philanthropic initiatives.” Turnbull addressed issues of great importance to women and girls in this economic climate of ongoing budget and debt ceiling negotiations. In her

remarks, she stressed the following points: ¡¡ Impact of Budget Cuts on Women and Families: As battles over spending and the national debt continue, cutbacks to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security will disproportionately harm women who rely on these programs as the source of their health coverage and economic stability. ¡¡ Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care: In today’s economy, more than 5 million low-income women and men rely on Title X clinics for a full range of reproductive and preventative services. Access to reproductive health information and programs builds a foundation for healthier families and communities, reduces maternal and infant mortality, and improves the health of women and their families. ¡¡ Violence Against Women: JWI is proud to be working on an advocates’ draft for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which will continue to improve criminal justice and community-based responses for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States. Equally critical is the reintroduction and passage of the Interna-

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tional Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), which would make ending violence against women a U.S. foreign policy priority by creating a comprehensive 5-year strategy to reduce, prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. JWI’s advocacy efforts and programs are non-sectarian, and JWI convenes an Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition to put the collective energies of faith communities into advancing federal anti-violence policy. The meeting was led by Chairman Mark Begich (AK) with the following U.S. Senators in attendance: Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV); Vice Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (HI); Carl Levin (MI); Amy Klobuchar (MN); Ben Cardin (MD); Jeanne Shaheen (NH); Tom Udall (NM); Jeff Merkley (OR); Barbara Mikulski (MD); Claire McCaskill (MO); Richard Blumenthal (CT); Bill Nelson (FL); Jack Reed (RI); Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ);

Robert P. Casey (PA); Robert Menendez (NJ); Kay Hagan (NC); Joe Manchin (WV); Chris Coons (DE); Charles E. Schumer (NY). Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationships education and the proliferation of women’s leadership. Our innovative programs, advocacy and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and realize the full potential of their personal strength. To learn more about the JWI address in the Senate Committee or other JWI endeavors locally and nationally, please contact Millie Sernovitz at 239.498.2778 or millie@sernovitz. com. Please visit the JWI website at or its companion website for Jewish Woman magazine at

Is there a Treasure in your Attic? Yiddish Books are a Cultural Treasure of the Jewish People The National Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to save Yiddish culture. Please check around your home for old Yiddish books and records, and inquire among friends and relatives. Gifts of these books are tax deductible. Please drop off your Yiddish books and records at the Jewish Federation, for further delivery to the National Yiddish Book Center, or call Louis Rusitzky at 455-6447 to schedule a pick-up. Visit the National Yiddish Book Center at

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Get the Service you Deserve September 2011 / 5771-5772

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September 2: 7:28 September 9: 7:21 September 16: 7:13 September 23: 7:05 September 30: 6:57 9:00am BT Religious School



10:00am JFS Bereavement 10:00am JFS Therapy/ Support Group Support Group 11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 1:00pm NJC Board Mtg 1:30pm WCA New Yorker 4:00pm BT Religious School

8:30am TS Torah Talk 9:30am BT Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services




10:00am JFS Bereavement Support Group 11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 1:00pm JFS Club Fed Film 3:00pm HM Exec Comm 7:00pm TS Meet the Rabbi 7:00pm TS Shofar 7:15pm HDH Evening Group

7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services

9:30am BT Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services







10:00am JFS Therapy/ Support Group 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 4:00pm BT Religious School 4:30pm TS Hebrew/Upper School

10:00am JFS Bereavement Support Group 11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 1:00pm JFS Club Fed Film 7:00pm BT Board Mtg 7:00pm TS Exec Comm 7:00pm TS Shofar





9:00am CHA Preschool 10:00am JFS Therapy/ 9:00am JFS Board Mtg Family Event Support Group 10:00am JCMI choir practice 10:00am JFS Bereavement 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 12:15pm BT Adult Ed Support Group 4:00pm BT Religious School 2:00pm NJC Board Mtg 11:30am JCMI Mah Jongg 7:00pm TS Board Mtg 1:00pm JFS Club Fed Film 3:00pm HM Board mtg 7:30pm JCMI Board Mtg





5:00pm TS Kabbal Tot Shabbat 7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services


9:00am BT Religious School 12:00pm NJC-S Book Club 9:00am CHA Hebrew School 7:30pm BT ZOA Speaker 10:00am TS Sunday School Series



10:00am JFS Therapy/ Support Group 1:00pm JCMI Bridge 1:30pm WCA New Yorker 4:00pm BT Religious School


10:00am JCMI choir practice 10:30am JCMI-S Board 12:00pm JCMI-S lunch 12:15pm BT Adult Ed 7:00pm TS-S Fundraiser 7:30pm JFCC Board Mtg

9:00am BT Religious School 10:30am TS Caregivers Support Group 9:00am CHA Hebrew School 10:00am TS Sunday School 7:30pm BT Book Group

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10:00am JCMI choir practice 10:00am JFS Therapy/ ROSH HASHANAH Support Group 12:15pm BT Adult Ed Call your synagogue 1:00pm JCMI Bridge for services schedule 4:00pm BT Religious School Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown – Call your synagogue for services schedule

7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services

9:30am BT Services 10:00am CHA Services 10:00am TS Services

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30 ROSH HASHANAH Call your synagogue for services schedule 7:30pm BT Services 7:30pm NJC Services 7:30pm TS Services 8:00pm JCMI Services

Throughout the year, some holidays fall within the normal work week. The Federation office will be closed in observance of those holidays which are listed in all CAPITAL LETTERS.

Key: • AJC: American Jewish Committee • ATS: American Technion Society • BT: Beth Tikvah • CHA: Chabad Jewish Center of Naples • CJD: Catholic/Jewish Dialogue • CRC: Community Relations Committee • HDH: Hadassah • HJH: Humanistic Jewish Havurah • HM: Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida

Federation Star Publication Policy The Federation Star is a subsidized arm of the Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCC). Its purpose and function is to publicize the activities and programs of the “Federation,” and to publicize the ongoing activities of the established and recognized Jewish organizations within Collier County. The mission of the JFCC is to reach out and unite all Jews of the greater Collier County area. While offering opinions and points of view do, and will continue to, exist about many issues of importance to Jews, the Federation Star will confine itself to publishing ONLY items that report the facts of actual events of concern to Jews and will only offer commentary that clearly intends to unite all Jews in a common purpose or purposes. Critical or derogatory comments directed at individuals or organizations will NOT be published in the Federation Star.

• ISRB: Israel Bonds • JCMI: Jewish Congregation of Marco Island • JCMI-M: JCMI Men’s Club • JCMI-S: JCMI Sisterhood • JFCC: Jewish Federation of Collier County • JFS: Jewish Family Services • JNF: Jewish National Fund • JWV: Jewish War Veterans • MDA: Magen David Adom • NCJW: National Council of Jewish Women (Adopted by the Officers and Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Collier County 1/98) To avoid misunderstandings, controversies and destructive divisions among our people, the Officers and Board of Trustees of the “Federation” have adopted the following publication policy: Advertisements: All advertisements, regardless of their sponsor, shall be paid for in full, at the established rates, prior to publication. The contents of all advertisements shall be subject to review and approval of the Federation Board or its designee. Commercial advertisers may make credit arrangements with the advertising manager, subject to the approval of the Federation Board. Regular Columns: Regular columns shall be accepted only from leaders (Rabbis, Presidents, Chairpersons) of established and recognized Jewish organizations within Collier County and the designated Chairpersons of the regular committees of the Jewish Federation of Collier County.

• NJC: Naples Jewish Congregation • NJC-M: Naples Jewish Congregation Men’s Club • NJC-S: Naples Jewish Congregation Sisterhood • NJSC: Naples Jewish Social Club • ORT: Organization for Rehabilitation/Training • TS: Temple Shalom • TS-M: Temple Shalom Men’s Club • TS-S: Temple Shalom Sisterhood • WCA: Women’s Cultural Alliance

Special Announcements: Special announcements shall be accepted from established Jewish organizations within Collier County and may, at the discretion of the Federation Board, be subject to the conditions applicable to paid advertisements, as set forth above. News Items: Only those news items pertaining to matters of general interest to the broadest cross-section of the Jewish Community will be accepted for publication. Note: Items of controversial opinions and points of view, about political issues, will not be accepted for publication without prior approval of a majority of the Federation Officers and Trustees. All persons and organizations objecting to the actions and rulings of the Editor or Publications Committee Chairman shall have the right to appeal those rulings to the Officers and Board of Trustees of the JFCC.

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According to the By-Laws of the Jewish Federation of Collier County, members are those individuals who make an annual gift of $36 or more to the UJA Federation Campaign in our community. For more information, please contact the Federation at (239) 263-4205.

September 2011 September 2011 Federation Star COMMUNITY DIRECTORY 31A Federation Star TEMPLE SHALOM OF NAPLES (Reform) 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34119 Phone: 455-3030  Fax: 455-4361 Email: Rabbi Adam Miller Cantor Donna Azu James H. Perman, D.D., Rabbi Emeritus Donald L. Shapiro, President Susan Shechter Daugherty, Exec. Dir. Caren Plotkin, Religious School Dir. Seyla Cohen, Preschool Director Peter Lewis, Organist/Choir Director Shabbat Services: Shabbat Eve - Friday 7:30 p.m. Shabbat - Saturday 10:00 a.m. • Sisterhood • Men’s Club • Adult Education • Havurot • Youth Groups • Religious School • Judaic Library • Hebrew School • Pre-School • Adult Choir • Social Action • Outreach

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Jewish Organizations to Serve You in Collier County (All area codes are 239 unless otherwise noted.)

Jewish Federation of Collier County Phone: 263-4205  Fax: 263-3813 Website: Email: • Federation President: Rosalee Bogo • Executive Director: David Willens

Jewish Family Services Phone: 325-4444 • Chairperson: Millie Sernovitz • Executive Director: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

American Technion Society

• Chapter Dir: Jennifer Singer, 941-378-1500 • Naples Chairman: L.C. Goldman, 592-5884

Hadassah, Collier Co. Chapter • President: Lynn Weiner, 598-1009

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida • President: Fred Hirschovits, 263-9200

Humanistic Jewish Havurah of Southwest Florida

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road Suite 2201 Naples, FL 34109-0613 Phone: 239-263-4205 Fax: 239-263-3813 E-mail: Website:

For more information on gift planning, call David Willens, Executive Director, at (239) 263-4205.

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• Paula Creed, 495-8484

Israel Bonds

• Reva Pearlstein, 800-622-8017 • Tyler Korn, 254-0400

Jewish National Fund

• Commander, Gil Block, 304-5953 • Senior Vice Commander, M/Gen. Bernard L. Weiss, USAF Ret. 594-7772

Naples Friends of American Magen David Adom (MDA) • Exec Dir: Robert Schwartz, 954-457-9766

Naples Jewish Social Club

• President: Illeen Mittleman, 440-221-6446

National Council of Jewish Women • Co-President: Bobbie Katz, 353-5963 • Co-President: Linda Wainick, 354-9117

ORT - Gulf Beaches Chapter

• Co-President: Hella Amelkin, 649-4000 • Co-President: Midge Rauch, 353-3065

Women’s Cultural Alliance • President: Jane Hersch, 948-0003

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[REBIRTH] As the sounding of the shofar calls upon your reflection of the past and contemplation for the future, we extend our best wishes as you and your family gather to enjoy the foods symbolizing the sweet year to come. Shana tova.

Celebrating Jewish Life in Collier County

Federation Star Published by the Jewish Federation of Collier County serving Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding communities Y

September 2011/5772 Y Vol. 21 #1

Symbolism of the shofar

In this section:

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uring the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, notice there are three distinct

sounds: 1. Tekiah – one long, straight blast 2. Shevarim – three medium, wailing sounds 3. Teruah – nine quick blasts in short succession Let’s examine each of these shofar sounds, and see how they relate to the different themes of Rosh Hashanah. The Tekiah sound Rosh Hashanah is the day of appreciating who God is. We then internalize that understanding so that it becomes a living, practical part of our everyday reality. God is all-powerful. God is the Creator. God is the Sustainer. God is the Supervisor. In short, God is King of the Universe. But for many of us, the idea of a “king” conjures up images of a greedy and power-hungry despot who wants to subjugate the masses for his selfish aims. In Jewish tradition, a king is first and foremost a servant of the people. His only concern is that the people live in happiness and harmony. His decrees and laws are only for the good of the people, not for himself. (see Maimonides, Laws of Kings 2:6) The object of Rosh Hashanah is to crown God as our King. Tekiah – the long, straight shofar blast – is the sound of the King’s coronation. In the Garden of Eden, Adam’s first act was to proclaim God as King. And now, the shofar proclaims to ourselves and to the world: God is our King. We set our values straight and return to the reality of God as the One Who runs the world...guiding history, moving mountains, and caring for each and every human being individually and personally.

Maimonides adds one important qualification: It isn’t enough that God is MY King alone. If ALL humanity doesn’t recognize God as King, then there is something lacking in my own relationship with God. Part of my love for the Almighty is to help guide all people to an appreciation of Him. Of course this is largely an expression of my deep caring for others. But it also affects my own sense of God’s all-encompassing Kingship. The Shevarim sound When we think about the year gone by, we know deep down that we’ve failed to live up to our full potential. In the coming year, we yearn not to waste that opportunity ever again. The Kabbalists say that Shevarim – three medium, wailing blasts – is the sobbing cry of a Jewish heart – yearning to connect, to grow, to achieve. Every person has the ability to change and be great. This can be accomplished much faster than you ever dreamed of. The key is to pray from the bottom of your heart and ask God for the ability to become great. Don’t let yourself be constrained by the past. You know you have enormous potential. At the moment the shofar is blown, we cry out to God from the depths of our soul. This is the moment – when our souls stand before the Almighty without any barriers – that we can truly let go. The Teruah sound On Rosh Hashanah, we need to wake up and be honest and objective about our lives: Who we are, where we’ve been, and which direction we’re headed. The Teruah sound – nine quick blasts in short succession – resembles an alarm clock, arousing us from our spiritual slumber. The shofar brings clarity, alertness, and focus.

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1B-7B: The High Holidays The Talmud says: “When there’s judgment from below, there’s no need for judgment from above.” What this means is that if we take the time to construct a sincere, realistic model of how we’ve fallen short in the past, and what we expect to change in the future, then God doesn’t need to “wake us up” to what we already know. God wants us to make an honest effort to maximize the gifts He gave us. You aren’t expected to be anything you’re not. But you can’t hoodwink God, either. The reason we lose touch and make mistakes is because we don’t take the time every day to reconnect with our deepest desires and essence. The solution is to spend time alone every day, asking: Am I on track? Am I focused? Am I pursuing goals which will make the greatest overall difference in my life and in the world? Make it a habit to keep in touch

8B-11B: Israel & the Jewish World 12B-15B: Commentary with yourself, and when Rosh Hashanah comes around, the alarm clock of the shofar won’t be nearly as jarring! Rabbi Shraga Simmons spent his childhood trekking through snow in Buffalo, New York. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He is the senior editor of and the director of Jewish He is also regarded as an expert on media bias relating to the Middle East conflict, and was the founding editor of HonestReport Rabbi Simmons lives with his wife and children in the Modi’in region of Israel.


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Squirrels A small town had two churches, Presbyterian and Methodist, and a synagogue. All three had a serious problem with squirrels in their building. Each in its own fashion had a meeting to deal with the problem. The Presbyterians decided that it was predestined that squirrels be in the church and that they would just have to live with them. The Methodists decided they should deal with the squirrels lovingly in the style of Charles Wesley. They humanely trapped them and released them in a park at the edge of town. Within three days, they were all back in the church. The Jews simply voted the squirrels in as members. Now they only see them at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Playing golf The rabbi was fed up with his congregation. So, he decided to skip the services on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and instead go play golf. Moses was looking down from heaven and saw the rabbi on the golf course. He naturally reported it to God. Moses suggested God punish the rabbi severely. As he watched, Moses saw the rabbi playing the best game he had

ever played! The rabbi got a hole-inone on the toughest hole on the course. Moses turned to God and asked, “I thought you were going to punish him. Do you call this punishment?!” God replied, “Who can he tell?” Kol Nidre Gottlieb called his rabbi and said, “I know tonight is Kol Nidre, but tonight the Yankees start the playoffs. Rabbi, I’m a lifelong Yankee fan and have to watch the Yankee game on TV.” The rabbi responds, “Gottlieb, that’s what VCRs are for.” Gottlieb is surprised. “You mean I can tape Kol Nidre?” In the Army of God on the holidays A friend was in front of me coming out of the synagogue one day, and as always the rabbi was standing at the door shaking hands as the congregation departed. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The rabbi said to him, “You need to join the Army of God!” My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of God, rabbi.” The rabbi questioned, “How come I don’t see you except for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?” He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

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High Holidays Quiz Answers can be found on page 4B. 1. The preparatory month before Rosh Hashanah is called: A. Tammuz B. Elul C. Tishrei D. Slichot

6. The day after Rosh Hashanah is called: A. Fast of the Exile B. Diet Day C. Fast of Gedalia D. First Day of the Year

2. Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the second set of tablets on: A. Rosh Hashanah B. Yom Kippur C. Shavuot D. 17 Tammuz

7. The time period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as: A. The 7 Days of Unity B. The 10 Days of Teshuva C. The 11 Days of Abstinence D. The 14 Days of Amnesty (for overdue library books)

3. The shofar symbolizes: A. coronating God as King of the Universe B. the sobbing cry of a yearning heart C. an alarm clock, arousing the spiritual slumber D. all of the above

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8. The famous prayer chanted at the outset of Yom Kippur is: A. Hatarat Nedarim B. Yizkor C. Kol Nidre D. Amidah

4. Another name for Rosh Hashanah is: A. Day of Revenge B. Day of Remembrance C. Day of Atonement D. Day Off of Work

9. One of Yom Kippur’s prohibited activities is: A. talking B. sleeping C. wearing leather belts D. wearing leather shoes

5. We dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah to: A. support locally grown produce B. symbolize our prayer for a sweet New Year C. find religiously acceptable ways to binge on holiday sweets D. give children an opportunity to sing Dip the Apple

10. If someone is in life-danger on Yom Kippur, they should: A. continue to fast, even at pain of death B. eat small amounts at a time C. eat normally, but skip dessert D. eat normally, but only when nobody is looking

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his question touches upon a fascinating concept – the passage of time. According to the Jewish calendar, not only Jewish holidays begin at nightfall, but every day does. This is based on the story of creation in Genesis, where at the end of each day it says, “And it was evening, and it was morning; day one,” “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day,” etc. By mentioning evening before morning, the Torah defines a day as beginning with the evening, followed by the morning. This definition of the passage of time is not only relevant to how we set up the calendar. It has profound implications as to our attitude to life itself. Everyone agrees that life is full of ups and downs. We go through periods where the sun is shining upon us and we feel on top of the world, only to turn a corner and be faced with difficulties and obstacles that drag us down. But it isn’t long before something pleasant comes our way to pick us up again. The question is: which one wins the day, the ups or the downs? In other words, is life a series of disappointments dotted by the occasional glimmer of hope, only to be crushed by another surge of gloominess? Or are we on a journey upwards, with challenges along the way to make us even stronger in our quest for enlightenment? Does darkness extinguish light, or does light conquer darkness? Does night follow day or day follow night? The Jewish view is clear. “And it was evening, and it was morning.” First the night, then the day. Darkness is a pathway to the sunrise hiding behind it. A challenge comes our way only to help us tap in to and reveal our inner powers that have until now remained unfathomed. That’s Jewish time – the comfort in knowing that no matter how dark it may seem, it is light that will have the last word.

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High Holidays Quiz answers

1. The preparatory month before Rosh Hashanah is called: C. Elul – During the month of Elul, we prepare for Rosh Hashanah by introspecting, and adding Slichot and Psalm 27 to our prayers. 2. Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the second set of tablets on: B. Yom Kippur – Following the sin of the Golden Calf, Moses pleaded with God to forgive the people. On Yom Kippur, atonement was achieved and Moses brought the second set of Tablets down from Mount Sinai. From that day forward, every Yom Kippur carries with it a special power to cleanse our mistakes. 3. The shofar symbolizes: D. all of the above – Tekiah (one long, straight blast) is coronating God as King, Shevarim (three wailing sounds) is a sobbing cry, and Teruah (quick blasts) is like an alarm clock. 4. Another name for Rosh Hashanah is: B. Day of Remembrance – Rosh Hashanah is called the Day of Remembrance because it recalls the story of Isaac’s near-sacrifice, which occurred on Rosh Hashanah. On this day, God recalls all our deeds, and those of our ancestors, to pass judgment on the coming year. The Torah refers to this day as “Zicharon Terua” (a memorial with the blowing of horns). (Leviticus 23:24)

5. We dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah to: B. symbolize our prayer for a sweet New Year – Rosh Hashanah meals include apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. 6. The day after Rosh Hashanah is called: C. Fast of Gedalia – The Fast of Gedalia occurs the day after Rosh Hashanah, from dawn until dusk, to lament the assassination of a righteous Jew named Gedalia, who was appointed to administrate the Israelite territory. 7. The time period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as: B. The 10 Days of Teshuva – Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are encouraged to adopt a stricter measure of Jewish observance, and to generally conduct ourselves, especially interpersonally, in a more careful manner than during the rest of the year. 8. The famous prayer chanted at the outset of Yom Kippur is: C. Kol Nidre – The Yom Kippur prayers begin before sundown with the haunting melody of Kol Nidre. The Torah scrolls are removed from the Ark, and the chazzan (cantor) chants the Kol Nidre prayer three times, each with greater intensity. 9. One of Yom Kippur’s prohibited activities is:


Traditional greetings


n the first night of Rosh Hashanah after the evening prayer, it is the Ashkenazi and Hasidic custom to wish Leshana Tova Tikoseiv Vesichoseim (Le’Alter LeChaim Tovim U’Leshalom),which is Hebrew for “May you (immediately) be inscribed and sealed for a good year (and for a good and peaceful life).” Shana Tova is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah, which in Hebrew means “A good year.” Shana Tova Umetukah is Hebrew for “A good and sweet year.” Ketiva ve-chatima tovah translates as “May you be written and sealed for a good year.” The formal Sephardic greeting is Tizku leshanim rabbot (“may you merit many years”), to which the

answer is ne’imot ve-tovot (“pleasant and good ones”). Less formally, people wish each other “many years” in the local language. In Yiddish, it is common to wish someone gut-yor or “good year” on and around Rosh Hashanah.

We hope you are enjoying this special High Holidays features section. We plan on having special sections for Chanukah and Passover in the appropriate issues as well. If there’s something you would like to see in those sections, please send an email to D. wearing leather shoes – One should not wear a leather shoe even if only a small part is made of leather, whether the sole, upper part of the shoe, or just the straps. Using other leather objects (belt, purse, etc.) is permitted on Yom Kippur. 10. If someone is in life-danger on Yom Kippur, they should: B. eat small amounts at a time – If

someone is ill, and a doctor is of the opinion that fasting might pose a lifedanger, then the patient should eat or drink small amounts. A seriously ill person can eat as much as he needs if eating less would pose a danger. In such cases, one should always consult with a rabbi for guidance. Source:

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Sweet Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah By Dalia Hemed


he Jewish holidays are just around the corner. The first is Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. The Rosh Hashanah meal features sweetflavored food to symbolize the cycle of life and our hope for a sweet new beginning. And none of the traditional Jewish Rosh Hashanah foods are more beloved than challah bread. Challah for Rosh Hashanah is formed into a ring. This symbolizes the cyclical nature of one year drawing to a close and another year beginning. Rosh Hashanah Challah is traditionally dotted with raisins and served alongside apples; both are dipped in honey to signify our hope for a sweet new year. INGREDIENTS bread dough 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, divided 1 packet active dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1 egg 3 egg yolks 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 teaspoons salt 4 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose baking flour

egg wash 1 egg 1 tablespoon cold water 1/2 teaspoon salt optional 1 1/2 cups raisins Sesame seeds, poppy seeds PREPARATION Pour 1/4 cup of the lukewarm water (about 110F) into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 packet of active dry yeast and 1 tsp of sugar to the bowl, stir to dissolve. Wait 10 minutes. The yeast should have activated, meaning it will look expanded and foamy. Add remaining 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water to the bowl along with the egg and egg yolks, honey, canola oil and salt; whisk till blended. Begin stirring the flour into the bowl by half-cupfuls. When the mixture becomes too thick to stir, use your hands to knead. Continue to add flour and knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic, not sticky. The amount of flour you will need to achieve this texture varies; only add flour until the dough feels pliable and “right.” If you plan to add raisins to the challah, incorporate them into

the dough as you knead. ‹‹ Cover the bowl with a clean, damp kitchen towel; let it rise for 2 hours. Now your dough is ready to braid. ‹‹ Knead and roll to flatten the dough into a rough rectangular shape, about 1/2 inch thick. ‹‹ Use your hands to roll the dough from the bottom upward into one large, even strand, making sure to roll tightly to avoid air pockets. ‹‹ Roll the dough using both hands to smooth seams and create one large strand. ‹‹ Taper the strand at the ends by rolling the dough between your palms, then roll one end of the strand inward to create a spiral snail-shell shape. ‹‹ Continue rolling the strand in the same direction until the spiral is complete. Tuck the loose end of the spiral underneath the challah and pinch it tightly into the bottom, securing it. ‹‹ Apply egg wash. Cover the challah loosely with plastic wrap and let it rise 30 to 45 minutes longer. Remove the plastic wrap from the challah. Heat oven to 375F. The challah needs to bake for about 40 minutes.

Dalia Hemed, an Israeli native, learned to cook from her grandmother, whose name she was given. Her grandmother was a chef and restaurant owner in Israel, specializing in Sephardic and Moroccan-style cooking. Dalia took her grandmother’s recipes and improved on them with new ideas and methods of preparation. Her love of cooking has been her inspiration. Dalia specializes in unique as well as traditional Jewish cooking. Her festive dishes originate from Israel and the Middle East. Dalia’s recipes have appeared in L’CHAYIM, the monthly newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, since May 2011.

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Google Israel provides helping hand to Yad Vashem


oogle has taken upon itself “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” according to the company’s mission statement. And now that mission has been extended to helping Yad Vashem (, Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, make information about the Holocaust widely available. “For some time, Google has been working to bring the world’s historical and cultural heritage online. The Internet offers a great opportunity to preserve and share important materials stored in archives,” says Yossi Matias, director of Google’s R&D center in Israel. “We’re privileged to be able to work with the world’s foremost Holocaust archive on this project.” Yad Vashem has for years sought a way to put its collection of documents and photos online, says Matias. Now, thanks to Google’s technology, 130,000 of Yad Vashem’s collected photos are online in full resolution. Each photo has relevant text and documents attached to it, explaining the context and additional information. “Each photo has a story behind it, and we enable viewers to see the information about the photo, leave comments and read documents, enhancing its historical value,” says Matias. The photos encompass the entire Jewish experience of the Holocaust – from pre-war European shtetls, to

concentration camps, to displaced persons’ camps. In just a few short months, hundreds of people have gone online to identify their parents, grandparents or themselves in photos that Yad Vashem has collected over the years. Many of the images were already digitized, but Google tagged

ited the institution several years ago and was immediately struck by the amount of information there – and how much of it wasn’t online. He decided to help streamline the organization’s online presence as part of his “20% time,” which Google encourages all employees to do. “It’s sort of like an incubator inside the corporate structure,” Matias says of the concept. “Programmers spend 20% of their time on a project that has nothing to do with their day-today work, coming up with new ideas and products. Many of Google’s great ideas have come out of the 20% program,” – like the Yad Vashem project, which was unveiled on January 26 in honor of International Holocaust Memorial Day. Several years ago, the search engine giant set up Yad Vashem’s YouTube channel. The site went live in April 2008, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, with channels in English and Arabic. The English channel contains testimonies from Holocaust survivors, archival footage, historians’ lectures, footage from visits to Yad Vashem by President George W. Bush in January 2008 and Pope John Paul II in March 2000, as well as human-interest stories, such as family reunions. The Arabic channel has testimonies and archival footage with Arabic subtitles. In January 2011, Yad Vashem added a channel in Farsi.

There is a wonderful match between the Google culture of innovation and the entrepreneurial culture in Israel that encourages the development of ideas from the bottom up. It’s a philosophy Google understands and respects, and finds among many startups in Israel. and classified the photos, creating an easy-to-search database that allows users to search for specific photos by keyword, city, event or even name. Many original documents have been digitized as well, using Google’s OCR (optical character reader) technology to convert written and typed documents to digital text, associating documents with appropriate photos. And, thanks to Google translation technology, information that was previously available only in German or Polish – or Japanese and Russian – can now be located and read in English and Hebrew. Outgrowth of an exec’s “20% time” How did Google get involved with Yad Vashem? Outgoing top Google executive Jonathan Rosenberg vis-

Online Videos of the Month Understanding UN bias against Israel

In anticipation of the upcoming Durban III Conference in New York City, an international coalition of pro-Israel organizations has created an outstanding video explaining why the UN has become horribly biased against Israel – and blind to the world’s worst human rights violators. Take a look. Visit and in less than 4 minutes, you’ll get an excellent (and shocking) lesson in UN history.

10 unknown facts about the West Bank

The pro-Israel organization Stand With Us recently released an informative 2-minute video entitled “10 Unknown West Bank Facts.” For an issue that often seems overly complex to observers, the points outlined in this video dispel a number of prevalent myths and assumptions. Visit either or and see how many of the ten you already knew, and how many are news to you.

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Said Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev: “Today, when there is so much disinformation and distortion easily available online, we provide an alternative to anyone who is interested in the truth.” Centers in Tel Aviv and Haifa Google’s two research centers in Israel – in Tel Aviv and Haifa – have helped develop many of the popular tools and services the search engine offers, such as Autocomplete, where the search box suggests terms when you type in a few letters; and Live Results, where users get automatically updated information about sporting events, ski conditions and other constantly changing situations. Google Israel also developed YouTube Annotations, which allows video uploaders to put text notes and links on scenes to enhance the user experience. “It’s pretty rare for Google to have two development centers in such close proximity as it does here – Haifa and Tel Aviv aren’t that far away from each other,” Matias says. “Israel has a strong reputation as a high-tech innovation center, and Google made a strategic decision to locate here. There is a wonderful match between the Google culture of innovation and the entrepreneurial culture here in Israel that encourages the development of ideas from the bottom up. It’s a philosophy Google understands and respects, and finds among many startups in Israel,” he adds. In the case of Yad Vashem, Google has put that spirit of innovation to work for the benefit of the Jewish people around the world. Source: The Embassy of Israel to the United States

Florida Holocaust Museum partners with Yad Vashem Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Campaign


t. Petersburg, FL (Aug. 4, 2011) – The Florida Holocaust Museum is partnering with Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, and with Jewish communities around the world in the campaign to recover names and identities of Holocaust Victims. In November 2004, Yad Vashem launched the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names onto its website, The Database, a revolutionary milestone in Holocaust remembrance, enables users to search for names, photographs and brief histories of over four million Holocaust victims as well as submit additional names and photos online. Millions of names are still unidentified. The International Campaign to recover unknown names is underway around the world. The Florida Holocaust Museum is proud to be a part of this important project and calls on community members to participate in this critical effort. “The memory of millions

of Holocaust victims will pass into oblivion as those that remember them leave us,” warns Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate. “Now is the time for the Jewish people to work together to register the unrecorded names.” Over the years many survivors have refrained from dealing with their wartime experiences because the memories were so painful. We have discovered time and again that most survivors have a strong psychological need to commemorate the people who they lost but if they have not done this yet, they need assistance with this task now! Call for names Community members who know names of Jewish people who were killed during the Holocaust are requested to submit them by calling Urszula Szczepinska, Curator of Education and Director of Research at the Florida Holocaust Museum, at 727.820.0100 x241 (assistance will be provided with filling out the forms).

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A new online video ( com/watch?v=XGYxLWUKwWo) featuring Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon, who explains where the terms “West Bank,” “occupied territories” and “67 borders” originated and how they are incorrectly used and applied, has already been viewed by over 330,000 (as of August 15) worldwide. “For too many years, our public diplomacy has been mainly based on a ‘peace narrative,’ where Israeli officials talk about how much we are willing to concede for peace,” Ayalon said. “While we do all we can do promote peace, it is time for Israel to return to a ‘rights-based diplomacy’ and talk about the facts, rights, history and international law which are little known but give a dramatically different viewpoint to what is currently accepted.” Chief Palestinian negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat claimed in an official PA press release that Israel was accepted to the UN on the basis of UN General Assembly Resolution 181. Ayalon responded: “This false claim shows that Erekat misconstrues international law and its system, proving

exactly how misguided the Palestinian attempt to have their unilaterally declared state recognized at the UN really is. Israel was admitted as a full UN member in 1949 by UN General Assembly Resolution 273, after a recommendation by the Security Council, because it met the criteria of statehood and signed armistice agreements with its neighbors, something the Palestinians should bear in mind before they further their confrontational plan towards September.” “I challenge any of the Palestinian Authority political leadership to an open debate on all the issues ahead of September,” Ayalon added. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Non-Jews from the Muslim, Druse and Christian communities in Israel serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) alongside their Jewish peers. After completing their basic training, these soldiers swear fealty to the State of Israel on a copy of the Quran or the New Testament instead of the standard Hebrew Bible. Israeli Arabs are not drafted – though some still do serve voluntarily. Israeli Druse number approximately 115,000, and the overwhelming majority of men proudly serve in the IDF. The Sunni Muslim Circassians (of whom around 4,500 live in Israel) also loyally serve in the IDF. While Israeli Bedouins are

not obligated to serve, some 5-10% volunteer for army service, often as trackers. In addition, each year a few dozen Arab Christians volunteer to serve in the IDF. (Aryeh Tepper, Jewish Ideas Daily)


General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, not only has an R&D facility in Israel, but an entire corporate structure in Herzliya. The mission of GM Israel is to develop the technologies that will make the car of tomorrow the best vehicle ever built. GM opened its Israel site in 2005 and expects about 200 people – mostly engineers – to be on board by the end of 2013. GM Israel is developing technology in five areas: advanced sensing and vision systems; human interface systems that adapt voice and touch technology for autos; wireless enabling, allowing a vehicle’s systems to use networks to ensure constant communication; infotainment; and vehicle control and robotics for driverless navigation. One of GM’s venture capital funds, located in Israel, invested in Israeli startup Powermat, which makes wireless charging mats for cell phones and other electronic devices. GM plans to include the mats in vehicles as soon as 2012, allowing drivers to easily recharge

their handheld devices while on the road. (David Halevi, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Israel and the U.S. will hold a largescale missile defense exercise in early 2012 aimed at improving operational coordination between both countries’ defense systems. Called “Juniper Cobra,” the exercise will include Israel’s Arrow 2 and Iron Dome as well as America’s THAAD and Aegis ballistic missile defense system. The purpose of the exercise is to enable interoperability between Israeli and American missile defense systems in case the U.S. government decided to deploy these American systems in Israel in the event of a conflict with Iran, like it did ahead of the Gulf War in Iraq in 1991. “Juniper Cobra shows us how to defend not only with Israeli assets but also with American assets,” Arieh Herzog, head of the Israel Defense Ministry’s Homa Missile Defense Agency, recently told the 2nd Annual Israel Multinational Missile Defense Conference. (Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post)

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A game-changer in breast cancer detection Israeli device now in clinical trials avoids radiation, guesswork, discomfort and other downsides that make mammography an imperfect screening tool


arly detection is the key to improving breast cancer survival rates, but mammography is not the ideal method to accomplish this goal. On this point, medical experts across the globe agree. Not as clear is what could do the job without the disadvantages of mammography – which often causes pain or discomfort, emits radiation, cannot properly image dense breast tissue, relies on a radiologist’s interpretation of the image, and is not recommended for routine screening of women under age 40 or 50. Of several approaches being developed worldwide, an Israeli solution pioneered by electro-optical engineer Boaz Arnon holds particular promise in providing a gamechanging device for early detection of breast cancer. Arnon’s mother, Ruth, succumbed to the disease in 2004. Through Real Imaging, the company he founded in 2006, he was determined to offer an accurate alternative that would address all issues of concern and still be cost-effective. Appropriately named RUTH, the device he invented uses a new trademarked platform he calls MIRA (functional Multidimensional InfraRed Analysis). Built on principles from existing technologies and mathematics, MIRA enables functional quantitative analysis of 3D and infrared signals emitted from cancerous and benign breast tissue. “Our solution is not sensitive to age or breast density, and works without radiation,” says Arnon. “We image the patient from a distance of 70 centimeters (25.5 inches), with no

physical contact or radiation, and we have developed an automatic method that aims to detect breast cancer early, easily and as cheaply as possible.” No more guesswork “Physicians should be highly praised for their success rate in diagnosing breast cancer with the tools available today,” says Arnon, “but still, the death rate from breast cancer is unacceptable.”

RUTH screens for breast cancer without touching the patient

Breast cancer is by far the most frequent cancer among women, with an estimated 1.38 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2008 (accounting for 23 percent of all cancers), and is now the most common cancer both in developed and developing regions. Though a medical doctor will oversee screenings with RUTH, “automatic” is one of its most key features. Results will not have to be interpreted by human eyes, thanks to the device’s unique process of calibration using mathematical algorithms formulated from three-dimensional models of hundreds of women with and without malignancies. The algorithms provide unprecedented accuracy, as Real Imaging has demonstrated in blind studies. “Our sensitivity results show 90 percent accuracy for women of all ages,” says Arnon. By comparison,

mammography usually is about 80 percent accurate, and not even that high in younger patients. “This is not guesswork; it is science. We have proof we can explain clinically that our method is working,” he says. More than 2,000 women have been involved in clinical trials for RUTH since 2007 at six Israeli hospitals – Hadassah-Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Beilinson Hospital and Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes. “We now have the fifth generation of the RUTH device,” says Arnon. “Before the end of this year, we will probably have one [being tested] in Europe as well.” On sale as soon as 2012 The company aims to achieve CE approval this year, certifying that its product has met the health, safety and environmental requirements of the European Union, and will submit the product for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the following year. “We hope to start sales next year,” says Arnon, whose previous major successful invention was a Lumio virtual keyboard that can be projected on a surface. He expects RUTH to cost less than mammography equipment but to be used, initially, as an adjunct to that existing methodology. The device is manufactured in Israel and the company of 30 em-

ployees is based in Airport City near Tel Aviv. Arnon reveals that the proprietary technology might have other useful applications, “but right now we’re concentrating on this one. If we succeed in this area, we will have achieved our goal.” Privately held until recently, Real Imaging raised $13 million from private investors in England, the United States and Israel. The firm is now being publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange following a reverse merger in May. “We did quite a lot to bring this technology to reality,” says Arnon. The company’s management team includes people with expertise in manufacturing, physics, mathematics and finance, and is chaired by Prof. Moshe Many, vice chairman of TEVA Pharmaceuticals and president of the Ashkelon Academic College. Real Imaging’s scientific advisory board consists of two U.S. physicians – Edward Sickles, who served as chief of the Breast Imaging Section at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco for almost 30 years, and Michael Linver, director of mammography for X-Ray Associates of New Mexico and clinical professor of radiology at the University of New Mexico. Source: Israel21c – Innovation News Service

CHANGING OF THE GUARD Ofer Bavly, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico left his post at the end of July, after four years of service. Many of you had the opportunity to meet him. Ofer Bavly has served the Consulate of Israel very well during his tenure. In his last conference call to the Jewish organizations throughout Florida, Mr. Bavly described the highlights of his position in Florida: • Helping to better connect the Jewish Federations and other Jewish organizations in Florida with Israel with the establishment of the first annual symposium • Developing closer ties to the political leaders throughout the state including our representatives in the State Legislature as well as our House and Senate representatives in Washington • Creating the Florida/Israel Business Forum in Miami, a non-profit clearinghouse • Conducting hundreds of meetings with Chambers of Commerce and holding briefings with local newspaper Editorial Boards throughout the state. Ofer Bavly leaves Florida to return to a business future with high tech companies in Israel, as well as a future foreign-service position. He believes the relationship between Israel and Florida is strong and should continue to further the understanding of the vitality, creativity and perseverance of the Israeli people by working collectively to educate our Jewish and non-Jewish communities about all that Israel has to offer all of us. We welcome his replacement, Chaim Shacham, who we know will continue the relationship between the Consulate of Israel, our state and our community.

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As crops fail in Russia, as dust bowls replace fertile land in Asia and Central Africa, the issue of food security has leapt to the top of the world agenda. Israel, a desert nation, has developed a range of agriculture and water technologies that are already helping to feed the world. For decades, Israeli agriculture experts have been sharing their expertise with some of the poorest regions on earth, creating sustainable self-sufficiency in food and water supplies. In recent years, Israeli expertise has been heavily in demand in India, Africa and China. Israel is also a world leader in desalination – converting salt water to fresh water for human consumption or irrigation. (Laura Kam, Ynetnews)


More than 60,000 Palestinians are expected to visit Israel as tourists by the end of 2011, at least twice as many as last year, an Israeli defense official said. Permits are issued mainly to schools and summer camps wishing to take children to visit beaches and mixed Jewish-Arab cities in Israel. In 2010, 28,000 Palestinians were given permits to visit Israel. “We want Palestinians, especially young ones, to see another kind of Israeli, not only soldiers and settlers...Perhaps instead of demonstrating in September they’ll go to the beach,” the source said. Another popular destination is to see the wild animals at the Ramat Gan Safari Park, which has Arablanguage tours. (Anshel Pfeffer, Ha’aretz)


81 congressmen, about 20% of the U.S. House of Representatives, will visit during Congress’ summer recess. A delegation of 26 Democrats headed by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will be followed by two Republican ones, bringing a total of 55 Republicans. One Republican group will be led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

(R-Va.). Half of the freshmen Republicans voted into office in 2010 will be making the trip, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC. (Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post)


A medical team from Israel’s Save a Child’s Heart has successfully performed the first ever pediatric open heart surgery in Tanzania. “There are about 200 sick Tanzanian children who will be examined by the Save a Child’s Heart team,” says Dr. Akiva Tamir, head of the pediatric cardiology unit at Wolfson Medical Center in Israel. “I am checking over 20 children every day and we all are committed to doing whatever it takes to help them and save their lives.” 8 to 10 pediatric heart surgeries will take place in Tanzania. The rest of the children who need operations will be flown to Israel’s Wolfson Hospital – with all expenses paid by Save a Child’s Heart. (PRWeb)


With a concentration of start-ups just behind that of Silicon Valley, Israel is becoming the new standard for high-tech. Internet-related activities contributed $12.6 billion to the Israeli economy in 2009, representing 6.5% of GDP, according to a report from management consultancy McKinsey. The web economy has created 120,000 jobs, accounting for 4% of the country’s workforce. “Israel is the country with the most engineers in its population, and it ranks second behind the U.S. in the number of companies listed on NASDAQ,” said David Kadouch, product manager at Google Israel, which opened its R&D operation in 2007 and currently has 200 employees. Some 500 start-ups are created every year in the country, whose economy grew by 4.7% last year, compared to an average of 2.8% for other OECD-member countries. The OECD forecast for Israel in 2011 is 5.4%. (AFP-TerraNet-Lebanon)

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Tuesday the rabbi taught college James Perman

And so it happened that in the first year of my second retirement, I came to teach Jewish Studies at Florida Gulf Cost University… just finished teaching an elective course on The Twentieth Century Jewish Experience. Next year, I’ll be teaching one in American Jewish Literature. Teaching at FGCU wasn’t in my retirement plan. In fact, I thought college teaching was behind me. (I taught at Fordham in New York for eight years before coming to Naples.) But this call came unexpectedly, with the backing and endorsement of some very persuasive friends. The Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Communications, Dr. Glenn Whitehouse, could not have been more gracious. I was strongly encouraged by my friend, Ann Jacobson, a leader in our community who founded the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies at FGCU. Higher Jewish education is a cause we should all support. Judaism in higher education has been around since the first Jewish Studies began at Harvard in 1925. Today, it is part of the course offerings of every decent school in America. It carries benefits for scholarship, for the Jewish community, and above all, the students – both Jewish and non-Jewish.


Jewish Studies relates to every they encounter Jewish material on a liberal arts discipline. The first scholgrownup level. It’s a revelation. Colarly studies of Judaism took place in lege students aren’t even settled into Germany in the 19th Century. Starttheir own personal identity. They’re ing with the Bible as a pillar of our still challenging their parents, still civilization, to today’s most advanced trying to figure out just who they studies in literature, history, philosoare and where they’re going. They phy and the social sciences, Jewish wonder how they’re going to survive Studies holds a mirror to our world. in today’s economic climate. Their It clarifies how the world works, how education has been job-oriented but people adapt, the relationship between the jobs aren’t there. Where should migrant and host cultures, and the they find meaning in their college formation of ideas that stimulate and education, if not in those courses that lead thinking in every age. Holocaust teach them how to live? studies alone can tell us more about They want honest answers now. how people share this planet than These are serious courses. There are anyone imagined. I have personally witnessed For modern students, encountering those “Aha!” moments when Jewish ideas on a colnineteen and twenty-year-olds lege level can be a profound experience. say to themselves, “Cool!” And Consider for a moment that’s always been the real the fact that most kids experience, at best, a payoff for me. And of course, few years of Hebrew it is for them as well. School, often ending with Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Countless papers and exams. Students learn others don’t even get that far. They about why Jews are here. They end with a thirteen-year-old view of discover some big ideas. They find what it means to be Jewish! And it subjects that speak of identity, and stays frozen at that point. Everything pride in one’s heritage. They learn else they study in school advances, what it means to be an extraordinary but this stands still. True, they get minority with amazing gifts for the through their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, world. I have personally witnessed but Jewish knowledge quickly loses those “Aha!” moments when nineteen its ‘usefulness.’ While Jewish orgaand twenty-year-olds say to themnizations talk about ‘Jewish survival,’ selves, “Cool!” And that’s always the kids don’t see it as their problem. been the real payoff for me. And of They have other worries and lots of course, it is for them as well. pressure to succeed. And we ought to support FGCU. But something happens when Support doesn’t just benefit the

Jewish myths Rabbi Sylvin L. Wolf


’d like to share with you Jewish myths whose subject is the Days of Awe – the High Holy Days. These come from Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz. The first has to do with the origin of Rosh Hashanah. Adam repented of his sin by standing in the River Gihon for one hundred and thirty years, until his skin began to shrivel. When God saw that Adam had truly repented, He absolved him, giving him the Torah as a substitute for the Garden of Eden that he had lost. That eventful day was in the first month of Tishrei. Therefore God spoke to Adam: “You shall be the prototype of my children. As you have been judged by me on this day and absolved, so your children, Israel, shall be judged by me on this New Year’s day, and they shall be absolved.”  The usual explanation is that Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world. Here God’s absolution of Adam is linked to the origin of Rosh

Hashanah. Not only does this myth provide such an origin, making Rosh Hashanah commemorate the day that God forgave Adam for the sin of eating the forbidden fruit, but it also states that God gave the Torah to Adam as a replacement for having lost the Garden of Eden. It is a Tree of Life to all who hold it fast. A second myth is entitled The String of God. When a person is created, he is tied to God with a string. If he sins, the string breaks. But if he repents during the Days of Awe, the angel Gabriel comes down and makes a knot in the string and ties it and the person is once again tied to God. Because every Jew sins once in awhile, his string becomes full of knots. But a string with many knots is shorter than one without knots. The shorter the string, the closer to God. Therefore, repentance brings a person closer to God.  These myths have very positive messages. Will you feel absolved on Rosh Hashanah? Do you consider the Torah a replacement for Eden? How short is your string? These myths pose questions to consider during our High Holy Days. Sandy joins me in wishing for you and yours a very good New Year. Shanah Tova.

school. It’s good for everyone. Here in Southwest Florida, we have the blessings of many cultural opportunities, probably more than in most places because we have people with time and the resources to take advantage of them. A local university enhances our quality of life, just as surely as do new highways and construction. Once we’ve built this Southwest Florida ‘Paradise,’ we have to know what we’re going to do in it. The university brings us choices. Does it need more justification than that? But we need to get serious about it now. Supporting Jewish Studies is the best way to ensure that we are well represented. This is a real investment in our future. If we are concerned that anti-Semitism be fought, that Israel be upheld, that the Holocaust be remembered, and that our people’s teachings are really passed on, then support this effort. We can begin by admitting that we aren’t here as ‘resident tourists.’ We all have a stake in what happens on campuses. My dream is to lose my job! My dream is that there is such demand for more courses in Jewish Studies that there is no solution but to find an accomplished full-time academic who wants to devote an entire career to the furtherance of Jewish scholarship in higher education. When that happens, I’ll hand over my parking permit and learn how to play golf! James H. Perman is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Shalom of Naples, and Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University

By and about rabbis

People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life’s biggest mistakes. – Rabbi Noah Weinberg Man wants to achieve greatness overnight, and he wants to sleep well that night too. – Rabbi Yosef Yozel Horwitz, Alter of Novarodok Abe and his young son, Sam, are in shul one Shabbat morning when Sam says, “When I grow up, dad, I want to be a rabbi.” “That’s OK with me, Sam, but what made you decide that?” “Well,” says Sam, “as I have to go to shul on Shabbat anyway, I figure it will be more fun to stand up and shout than to sit down and listen.” Rabbi Zusha used to say: “When I die and come before the heavenly court, if they ask me, ‘Zusha, why were you not Abraham?’ I’ll say that I didn’t have Abraham’s intellectual abilities. If they say, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ I’ll

say I didn’t have Moses’ leadership abilities. For every such question, I’ll have an answer. But if they say, ‘Zusha, why were you not Zusha?’ for that, I’ll have no answer.” Yankele was watching his father, a rabbi, write one of his Shabbat speeches. “How do you know what to say, Daddy?” Yankele asked. “Why, son, God tells me,” said the rabbi. “Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?” It’s not how much or how little you have that makes you great or small, but how much or how little you are with what you have. – Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch “My son,” says Yetta, “is a physicist.” “My son,” says Sadie, “is president of an insurance company.” “My son,” says Becky, “is the head of a law firm and president of the Law Society.” “My son,” says Hannah, “is a rabbi.” “A rabbi? What kind of career is that for a Jewish boy?”


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A radical New Year Rabbi Fishel Zaklos


elcome back from the summer months and the promising beginning of a new school and work year. We hope you are rejuvenated, rested, and ready for a radically happy, healthy, holy and productive New Year. And if you haven’t already seen our new, beautiful sprawling campus, we welcome you to come by and see the home away from home we’ve built with you in mind – designed, built and outfitted just for you and your Jewish (religious, educational and social) needs. What does radical mean to you? A radical New Year means a shift that is completely different from anything you’ve experienced before, not something slightly different and not the same old thing in different clothing.

Every year, as we enter the High Holy Days, we have the potential to experience a radical leap forward in all aspects of our lives for the coming year. On the other hand, we also have the choice to maintain the status quo, to aim low, and at best to only hope to have more of the same (i.e., it shouldn’t get worse!). Let’s look at an “un-radical” year: It’s Rosh Hashanah. Again. The same prayers, the same customs, the same apple and honey, the same long hours in shul, and the same hopes and dreams. With all the high hopes that we had for the year that just went by, we find ourselves asking, “Do I have that much to show for this year?” Were people good to me, was the world peaceful, and did things go my way?” It may be exasperating to discover that this year’s wish list is really no different from last year’s or the year before. If you’re like many of us, in varying details and priorities, does this approximate your every year list: peace, money, security, happiness, good relationships? Now, if we were finding success in these areas,

wouldn’t the list change? Surely, if last year’s wishes were fulfilled, wouldn’t we have new ones for the New Year? And if they weren’t fulfilled, why ask again? What could we do and what hopes could we have that we could actually accomplish? And what would make them radical? To make a long article short, it would be when our “wish list” moves from asking for what we can receive to what we can give. With such a list, we have everything we need to make that giant leap forward. So, rather than making the same old wish list, we should be asking ourselves, “What will we do” to see these lofty wishes realized? In other words, rather than focusing on what we will receive, we could instead work to elevate our conduct. We could ask G-d to give us the strength and potential to give. Our wish might shift from what G-d (people, the bank manager, my parents, my spouse) will do for me, to a wish to become a better person, one who helps friends and neighbors, thanks G-d for His kindness, welcomes guests, gives to the poor, goes the extra mile for our

parents’ wellbeing, devotes time and energy to making sure our children feel loved and caring about their education. As we enter the High Holidays, this year, we could identify areas of growth: people whose lives we could impact, children who need our smile, parents who need our help and love, the poor who could use a hand. And here’s a radical one: We could ask G-d to make us His partner in making our home, our community and our world a better place to live. There is no greater satisfaction in life than giving. Those who give don’t need to win the lottery or rise to power to be happy. They have won a deeper kind of lottery and their power radiates from within. That is the radical shift we could pray for on these Holy Days. How fortunate we would all be in such a world. So, have a Happy New Year! We hope that Chabad of Naples is able to give you what you need and that you give us a lot of “nachas” in your radical new life.

Does the U.N. have the “legal right” to declare Palestinian Statehood? Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D.


hat are the implication and consequences of such a declaration? Centuries ago when the Hebrew people conquered Canaan, it was morally and legally permissible because there was no international law that forbade doing so. The Hebrews were a nomadic society, and migrations of peoples throughout the ancient Near East were commonplace. Today we are faced with a different problem and different circumstances. The Palestinian people seek to have the U.N. declare de facto a Palestinian State without the need to engage in negotiations with Israel. Is this legal? A letter recently sent to the Secretary General of the U.N. by 25 international lawyers from Israel, Canada and the U.S. stated that this would be illegal. Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Meir Rosenne, was among the signatories to this letter. Common sense would dictate that if Israel is a sovereign nation, no international body like the U.N. can,

by a kind of eminent domain, take away the land that Israel currently occupies. As far as U.N. resolutions are concerned Prime Minister Netanyahu quipped when he spoke before Congress that the U.N. could resolve that the earth is flat – what good are their resolutions? Recently the U.N. resolved that Syria should cease its violence against its own people. Did Syria listen? No, it continued even more savagely to kill and torture its own people including children. The international lawyers assert that when Israel was established in 1948 the U.N., which voted upon the establishment of Israel, was mandated by the League of Nations in 1922 to do so. That policy was based upon the 1917 Balfour Declaration whereby Great Britain, holding a mandate over Palestine, agreed to allow for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. But today the U.N. is mandated to follow the resolutions and accords it adopted in dealing with the PalestinianIsraeli conflict – most notably Resolutions 242 and the Oslo Accords. These agreements recognize that both parties must negotiate a solution to the conflict and must recognize the continued validity of the League of Nations agreements that the Jews of the West Bank (650,000) reside legitimately there and the recent U.N. ac-

cords (242 and Oslo) that the pre-1967 borders cannot be declared to be the boundaries of a Palestinian State. The Oslo Accords also indicate that there are NO limitations on settlements. President Obama, in speaking before AIPAC, recently stated very forcefully that the U.S. would veto any resolution coming before the Security Council of the U.N. declaring a Palestinian State. If for any reason the U.S. would fail to veto such a resolution, Israel would undoubtedly annex all disputed territories and make it impossible for there to be a Palestinian State. This action would lead to a Middle East war unlike any we have witnessed in the past. The Palestinians are seeking a U.N. resolution because they wish to bypass negotiations with Israel, which would require renunciation of violence and terrorism and no need to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish State. It will not work. It would be a futile effort that will isolate Israel internationally and exacerbate the conflict which can only be solved – if it is solvable at all – by negotiations. Subsequent to this letter by the international lawyers, I learned about the San Remo conference held recently in Italy commemorating the

90th anniversary of the League of Nations mandate based upon the Balfour Declaration which mandated that Palestine become the national homeland of the Jewish people. Following WWI with the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Palestine was given a mandate to the British while Syria and Iraq were given to the Arabs. The San Remo conference not only legitimized the Jewish people’s rights to Palestine but also excluded Arabs from having rights to that land. The Conference also questions the right of the U.N. to establish the partition plan in 1948 carving two states out of the land of Palestine. The Jewish State of Israel ideally was created in 1922 at San Remo, and not in 1948 by the U.N. Some conflicts or controversies may never go away. It is possible that the Arab-Israeli conflict is one of them. It may be a Machloket LeShem Shamayim – a controversy for the sake of heaven – which because of ideological difference may endure for generations to come. Let us pray that the U.N. will not make this declaration and that the Palestinians will come to recognize that if peace is to be achieved, there is no alternative but to sit down with Israel and negotiate. Ken yehee ratzon. Thus may it be.

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A light unto the nations Rabbi Adam F. Miller


ast year I shared at Temple Shalom the story of a small village where a wealthy nobleman decided to build a synagogue as his legacy. During construction, he made sure the building would remain secret until it was finished. When completed, the townspeople entered for the first time filled with excitement and curiosity. They marveled at the synagogue’s magnificence and beauty. After a few moments, the townspeople were struck by an omission in the design, “Where are the lamps? What will provide the lighting?” The nobleman pointed to brackets which were strategically placed all along the walls throughout the synagogue. He gave each family a lamp explaining, “Whenever you come to the synagogue, I want you to bring your lamp, and light it. But, each time you are not here,” he said, “a part of the synagogue will be dark. This lamp will remind you that whenever you are absent, some part of God’s house will be dark. Your community

is relying on you for light.” comprise the Jewish landscape of Fifty years ago, a group of Jewish Collier County. As the New Year of men and women gathered to ignite the 5772 rapidly approaches, we reflect flames for a new Jewish community – upon the ways in which our individual sparking the creation of the first synaactions impact the community as a gogue and visible Jewish presence in whole. Through affiliation and acts Naples, Florida. They dreamed of a of tzedakah, we provide financial supJewish home: a place where children port for Jewish organizations. Yet, as would be given a strong Jewish identhe story of the village demonstrates, tity; a center where men and women that support alone is not sufficient. could worship together; a gathering Torah teaches us that we shall be, place for all Jews to feel welcomed “A light unto the nations.” Our preswith open arms. ence and participation illuminate As the light Fifty years ago, a group of Jewish of Temple Shalom grew brighter, men and women gathered to the greater Jewignite the flames for a new ish community of Collier County beJewish community – sparking the gan to thrive. The creation of the first synagogue Jewish Federation and visible Jewish presence in of Collier County developed to proNaples, Florida. vide resources for local organizations, as well as vital the institutions, transforming them programming. The needs of the most into beacons for the Jewish values vulnerable members of the commuwe cherish. We bring light when we nity were met through the efforts of attend programs, experience learnJewish Family Services. The region ing opportunities, daven together, or welcomed four more synagogues, and perform acts of tikkun olam. countless organizations established Additionally, we recognize that local chapters. our responsibilities lie not only in the Today we all play a role in mainpresent, but also in preparing for the taining the lights that burn within future. Judaism has long taught that the synagogues and institutions that as we enjoy today’s fruits that were

planted by those who came before us, so should we be planting seeds and nourishing saplings for the future. Unfortunately, today’s pressure to succeed has left many children struggling with stress-related illness, depression and burnout. As part of our Selichot observance at Temple Shalom on Saturday, September 24, we will explore the dangers faced by our youngest generation through the critically acclaimed film, Race to Nowhere ( Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country, Race to Nowhere is a passionate call for parents and grandparents to reexamine the way in which we prepare children for the future. These young individuals carry our hope that the community lights of today will remain bright tomorrow. Fifty years ago the flames of the Jewish community in Naples were kindled. May they continue to shine brightly for the next fifty years and beyond as a ner tamid, an eternal light. Kindled by the generations of today, as well as those yet to come, may the light of this community be a source of blessing, hope and peace for all who behold it. Wishing you and yours a shanah tovah u’mtukah.

Americans are solidly behind Israel By Dr. Mitchell Bard


general pall has fallen over much of the American Jewish community as a combination of Middle Eastern events, Obama policies and hysteria about anti-Israel activity have raised alarms about the future of American support for Israel. The truth, however, is that poll data show Americans are more sympathetic toward Israel than ever before. If you listen to many Jews on the right, the view is that Obama’s hostility toward Israel and a wellfunded and organized delegitimization campaign have eroded support for Israel. Many Jews on the left believe that Americans don’t support Israeli policies and want the United States to pressure Israel to capitulate to Palestinian demands. Media watchdogs argue that bias in the press has damaged Israel’s image. In fact, public support for Israel has been on the upswing for years. The conventional wisdom is that there was a golden age when Americans loved Israel right after the SixDay War, but support for Israel has dissipated as a result of the “occupation,” the intifadas, Israel’s military campaigns in Lebanon and Gaza, the media obsession with Israel and criticism by Obama. In truth, Americans never loved Israel. After the 1967 war, Gallup found that 56% of Americans sympathized with Israel. After more than 40 years of negative influences on American attitudes, Gallup found in 2011 that 63% back Israel. In the latest CNN poll, the figure was 67%,

the second highest figure reported in any poll on the subject. Those who often disparage the level of sympathy for Israel in these polls typically point to another question that asks if Americans believe that the United States should side with Israel or the Palestinians. They correctly point out that a significant majority consistently chooses

can people is impressive, especially when it is clear how little support Israel’s opponents have among the public. I recently heard a prominent liberal from Congress speak disbelievingly of the concern Jews had about the liberal community in the United States. He cautioned against making our enemies seem more powerful than they really are. In There has been a burst of Congress, for example, pro-Israel student activity, he observed that with only a few exceptions, including the proliferation the members were solof Israel peace weeks and the idly behind Israel. He added that in the liberal rapid development of Israel circles he travels in he Studies on campuses across didn’t see any evidence that Israel’s position the country. had eroded. neither side; however, what they No doubt many will challenge usually neglect to mention is that these notions. The idea of Jewish there is virtually no support whatprosperity is uncomfortable. I see soever for favoring the Palestinit in particular in discussion of the ians. In the CNN poll, for example, campuses where, again, the widea record high of 38% said the U.S. spread perception is that universities should side with Israel and 1% have become hotbeds of anti-Israel advocated backing the Palestinians. activity that often crosses the line It is true that when you look into anti-Semitism. It is simply unmore closely at some of the data you true. To give just one indication, find that certain groups – Democrats, consider the phenomenon of Israel liberals, minorities, women, young “Apartheid Week.” For the last sevpeople – are less supportive than eral years, the community has gotothers; however, it is chutzpadik to ten exercised about the danger such believe that all Americans are in love events pose to students. The last two with Israel. Yes, we want uncondiyears, however, the anti-Israel spontional, universal love, and may aspire sors of these weeks have managed to to win the hearts and minds of every organize them on just 12 campuses American, but having the support of – out of about 4,000 in the U.S. And more than two-thirds of the Ameristudents report that on most of those

campuses, these were non-events, attracting few students and little attention. By contrast, there has been a burst of pro-Israel student activity, including the proliferation of Israel peace weeks and the rapid development of Israel Studies on campuses across the country. The situation in other parts of the world is different; for example, Israel is seen as the biggest threat to peace and stability. In the U.S., however, Americans are smarter than they’re sometimes given credit for by the Jewish community. Even with the media biases that exist, they understand which country shares American values and interests; they distinguish between the people who threaten our way of life and those who uphold it; and they know the difference between a democracy and theocracies and thugocracies. Dr. Mitchell Bard is a Middle East expert, foreign policy analyst, and author/editor of 20 books including The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East (HarperCollins Publishers)

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Is terrorism against Israel really more justified than terrorism against Norway? By Alan M. Dershowitz


n a recent interview, Norway’s in Europe today. I know, because I repeatedly rewarded Palestinian terAmbassador to Israel has sugexperienced both personally during rorism against Israel, while punishgested that Hamas terrorism a recent visit and tour of universiing Israel for its efforts to protect its against Israel is more justified than ties. No university would invite me civilians. While purporting to conthe recent terrorist attack against to lecture, unless I promised not to demn all terrorist acts, the NorweNorway. His reasoning is that, “We discuss Israel. Norway forbids Jewgian government has sought to justify Norwegians consider the occupation ish ritual slaughter, but not Islamic Palestinian terrorism as having a to be the cause of the terror against ritual slaughter. Its political and legitimate cause. This clearly is an Israel.” In other words terrorism academic leaders openly make stateinvitation to continued terrorism. against Israeli citizens is the fault of ments that cross the line from antiIt is important for the world nevIsrael. The terrorism against Norway, Zionism to anti-Semitism, such as er to reward terrorism by supporting on the other hand, was based the policies of those who I know of no reasonable person on “an ideology that said that employ it as an alternaNorway, particularly the Labor who has tried to justify the ter- tive to reason discourse, Party, is foregoing Norwegian diplomatic resolution or rorist attacks against Norway. Yet culture.” It is hard to imagine political compromise. that he would make such a I know of no reathere are many Norwegians who provocative statement without sonable person who not only justify terrorist attacks has tried to justify the express approval from the Norwegian government. against Israel, but praise them, terrorist attacks against I can’t remember many Norway. Yet there are support them, help finance them, many Norwegians who other examples of so much nonsense compressed in such short not only justify terrorand legitimate them. an interview. First of all, terrorist attacks against Israel, ism against Israel began well before when Norway’s former Prime Minbut praise them, support them, help there was any “occupation.” The first ister condemned Barak Obama for finance them, and legitimate them. major terrorist attack against Jews appointing a Jew as his Chief of The world must unite in conwho had long lived in Jerusalem and Staff. No other European leader demning and punishing all terrorist Hebron began in 1929, when the would make such a statement and attacks against innocent civilians, releader of the Palestinian people, the get away with it. In Norway, this biggardless of the motive or purported Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, ordered oted statement was praised, as were cause of the terrorism. Norway, as a a religiously-motivated terrorist atsimilar statements made by a leading nation, has failed to do this. It wants tack that killed hundreds of religious academic. us all to condemn the terrorist attack Jews – many old, some quite young. The very camp that was attacked on its civilians, but it refuses to live Terrorism against Jews continued by the lone terrorist was engaged in by a single standard. through the 1930s. Once Israel was an orgy of anti-Israel hatred the day Nothing good ever comes from established as a state, but well bebefore the shooting. Yet I would not terrorism, so don’t expect the Norfore it captured the West Bank, terever claim that it was Norway’s antiwegians to learn any lessons from rorism became the primary means of Semitism that “caused” the horrible attacking Israel across the Jordanian, act of terrorism against young NorEgyptian and Lebanese borders. If wegians. the occupation is the cause of the terThe causes of terrorism are ror against Israel, what was the cause multi-faceted but at bottom they of all the terror that preceded any have a common cause: namely a occupation? belief that violence is the proper reI was not surprised to hear such sponse to policies that the terrorists ahistorical bigotry from a Norwegian disagree with. The other common Ambassador. Norway is the most cause is that terrorism has often been anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country rewarded. Norway, for example, has

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its own victimization. As the Ambassador made clear in his benighted interview, “those of us who believe [the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel] will not change their minds because of the attack in Oslo.” In other words, they will persist in their bigoted view that Israel is the cause of the terrorism directed at it, and that if only Israel were to end the occupation (as it offered to do in 2000-2001 and again in 2007), the terrorism will end. Even Hamas, which Norway supports in many ways, has made clear that it will not end its terrorism as long as Israel continues to exist. Hamas believes that Israel’s very existence is the cause of the terrorism against it. That sounds a lot like the ranting of the man who engaged in the act of terrorism against Norway. The time is long overdue for Norwegians to do some deep soul searching about their sordid history of complicity with all forms of bigotry ranging from the anti-Semitic Nazis to the antiSemitic Hamas. There seems to be a common thread. Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard Law School, served as an attorney in several high-profile court cases, and is a sought-after commentator on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the author of some 25 books, including The Case for Israel.

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